Rogelio Lantigua Went From Food Stamps and Debt to a Thriving Career Thanks to eXp Realty’s Support and Business Model 

Editor’s note: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring Hispanic eXp Realty agents and are sharing their stories of service, values, and commitments.

Six years ago, Rogelio Lantigua’s family was living on food stamps with a lot of credit card debt.

“We were trying to buy a house with an agent at the time, and one week before closing, the bank denied our loan. My wife and I have four kids, and we all cried.”

Rogelio says that since joining eXp Realty in 2019, his sales volume improved by 100%.

At that moment, Rogelio wanted to find a way to help other families not have that same experience. He quit his job, and became a real estate agent. In October 2019, he joined eXp Realty.

“Thanks to the inspiration and motivation I gained from eXp, I was finally able to pay off the mortgage on my house. And now, my family is officially debt-free.”

Rogelio Shares His Story With Clients To Give Them Hope

“I work with a community that is underserved, and we have a celebration each time we have a closing. They’re another family that was like me, and now they have their own place.”

While many workers had to pivot during the pandemic and get adjusted to working from home, Rogelio had already been working for eXp, and from home, for the previous few months.

“There was a moment of clarity when I realized that I didn’t need a big office or a billboard to generate more business,” he said. “I can work from home, using the tools that eXp offers to connect with my clients.”

In addition to giving hope to his clients, Rogelio also shares his story of success with other agents, through the eXp University class he teaches.

“I show them how to start over with nothing, and that success can be found – it can be done.”

Learn More About Rogelio Lantigua:

Years in real estate: Since 2015.

Gross sales and transactions in 2021: $13 million on 48 transactions.

Brokerage history:

  • eXp Realty (Oct. 2019-current)
  • Award Realty (Jan. 2015-Sept. 2019)

Main territory: Cleveland-Chattanooga, Tennessee region

Main focus: Single-family homes, first-time buyers.

Number of people on team: None! I’m an individual agent.

Accolades, accomplishments & awards:

When and why did you join eXp?

“I joined in October 2019. I heard about eXp through a local agent during a transaction. After four months in a row without any closings, I was in the market for a company that provided a CRM to be more consistent with my clients.” 

How has your production changed since joining eXp Realty?

“Since joining eXp three years ago, I have improved my volume of sales by 100%.”

What makes eXp special to you? 

“Technology. The online aspect of the business is very intuitive and makes it easy to connect with clients.”

What is one thing about eXp that surprised you?

“I’m inspired by the ICON program and the revenue share.”

What kind of collaboration have you experienced at eXp?

“The eXp Workplace site has always played a significant role in my success. I was able to find a lot of answers to questions and topics that I struggled with when first starting out. Also, eXp University and Fast Start Training have been incredibly helpful resources to me as a Realtor.”

Best tip to share with other agents:

“Invest in yourself. Your capacity for production is your best asset. Self-development is the best investment you’ll ever make. Quit playing the victim and instead take responsibility for your life. Be proactive, not reactive.”

10 Fun Things About Rogelio Lantigua

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

When you can fulfill your dreams. Try to get to a point where you feel fulfilled physically, mentally, emotionally and financially.

Who is the person you most admire?

Joseph, the son of Jacob, from the Bible.

One thing you can’t live without?

My books.

One trait that has led to your success?


What celebrity would play you in a movie or TV show?

Denzel Washington.

Pet peeve?

When people play the victim and blame someone else for their own actions (or inaction).

Little known fact about yourself?

I grew up without my parents, always moving from home to home when I was little.

Song you never tire of?

“Detalles” by Roberto Carlos.

Favorite meal?

My favorite food is plantains, a variant of banana. 

Your epitaph will say:

“He definitely lived like no one else.”


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