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Richard Lacey
Tamarindo, GU
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"Dan has proven himself to be a knowledgeable and valuable partner in our ventures here in Costa Rica. He has an extensive working knowledge of the market and best practices in the real estate realm in Costa Rica. Prompt and courteous and always a pleasure to work with. We consider him to be an invaluable asset." Peter Heidenreich and Chris Watkins Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica (Atlanta USA)

"Daniel helped me acquire a house and restaurant in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Although I’m sure he had other items on his agenda, I felt like he was side by side with me non-stop for over three months. He went above and beyond my expectations, not only making himself available at my convenience, but following up even when I wasn’t expecting it, just to make sure everything was going smoothly. I believe we exhausted every opportunity searching for a residence, and Daniel was very helpful every step of the way. In addition, he is very well connected and is a great resource for access to reputable local professionals." Michael and Alison Holly Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica (Toledo, Ohio)

"Where do I begin?  How lucky I was to find Daniel Talbot! I arrived with a mission of finding a home for my family and not knowing anyone to refer me to a real estate agent. "Cold Turkey," I found Daniel on line. From day one, the internet correspondence was organized, helpful and comforting.  On my actual search in Costa Rica....our days were planned, our discussions informative and Daniel's willingness to go above and beyond in answering all of my questions (even those not related to house hunting) was so beneficial and still is today. A more honest person, a prospective client would not be able to find.  We love our home and thanks to Daniel, it is a dream come true." Deb Anthony Playa Langosta, Costa Rica (USA)

"Daniel made our buying experience in Costa Rica seamless from thousands of miles away. Daniel was always very prompt in returning phone calls, emails, answering questions, and coordinating paperwork with the sellers agent, title company, attorneys, etc. Daniel steered us clear of properties that he felt were unsuitable or were of subpar construction and only offered us high quality properties that he would purchase. Even after the sale Daniel has reached out to us via email and Skype to check on our experience thus far and we greatly appreciate his service and new friendship. I highly recommend Daniel Talbot for your real estate purchases in Costa Rica, he’s on your side and will work diligently to find you a  great property and a fair market price." Michael Benoist (Sacramento, CA. USA)

"Daniel Talbot is the most professional realtor i have ever encountered.  His dedication to finding the right property for his clients is endless.  His knowledge of the area and home values is outstanding.  His negotiation skills will always obtain his clients the best value for their money. His professionalism does not end at the closing of your property. Dan is always there to help you and make the transition to your new home and answer the many questions you will have being new to the area.  His network of referrals is of tremendous value." Gary Giampapa Playa Grande, Costa Rica (Florida USA)

"We had the great fortune to have Dan as our realtor when we decided to purchase a condo in Tamarindo. Not only was he very professional, but also very personable. Dan displayed tremendous patience and helpfulness throughout the time we spent viewing listings, making the overall experience pleasurable. He very diligently guided us through the process of buying in Costa Rica, while sharing his knowledge and experience of the area. Dan also set us up with an excellent lawyer for the paperwork, and made sure we understood the intricacies of Costa Rican real estate laws. I can't recommend Dan highly enough, we not only bought a condo on that trip but also made a friend in Dan. Looking forward to seeing you next spring when we are down. Take care and enjoy!" Scott and Patti Fraser Tamarindo, Costa Rica (Alberta Canada)

"When we first traveled to Costa Rica we knew one day we would buy a home in the beautiful country. We spoke to a number of agents before choosing Daniel Talbot as our agent in Tamarindo. Daniel was very punctual and had provided us with a number of great properties to view and had provided excellent advice on the local market. Daniel was also helpful in providing us with local contacts in the rental business, and assisted us in finding a local lawyer which helped our deal run smoothly. We feel fortunate to have worked with Daniel and strongly recommend him." Ryan & Kimberly Lavoie Tamarindo, Costa Rica (SK, Canada)

"Dan Talbot made it possible for me to buy my dream home in Tamarindo. It was his none stop help that made it happen. Three years later he is still there for me if i have a problem. He is a good trustworthy man, and has never let me down." Michael Mcmanus Tamarindo, Costa Rica (Ottawa Canada)

"Daniel has been invaluable. In terms of his business practice he is attentive, thoughtful, tireless, timely and ethical. His extensive market knowledge and skill resulted in our getting the best deal possible...the right deal and the right location. Subsequent to our purchase he has continued to assist us by connecting us with his legal and banking associates as well as familiarizing us with the local resources. Everything has been top notch. We do not know what we would have done without him." Bill and Nora Barker Langosta, Costa Rica (Calgary)

"The service and personal attention we received from Daniel at First Choice Realty was exceptional and unexpected right from the start! His expertise showed by asking the right questions by phone or through emails helping us to narrow our search before we arrived in Costa Rica. Upon our arrival he was organized and considerate when providing us with an itinerary of the houses we would view each day leaving us time to enjoy the beach and the activities offered in Tamarindo. After patiently going through all the listings and explaining the property details with us, he made sure we got the best value on our final choice. His knowledge of the local market and the surrounding contacts in the community helped us not only make an informed decision but also complete our deal with confidence in the short time we were in Costa Rica. Daniel is someone we can rely on and continues to help us by communicating the progress of the renovations of our home. Regardless of whether you are buying or selling, I would highly recommend Daniel to help you find your dream house. We could not have asked for a better Realtor to guide us through each step of what could have been a very stressful process." Sincerely, Diane and Mike Kuhn Tamarindo, Costa Rica (Vancouver, Canada)

Our experience with Daniel Talbot is the largest contributing factor to our ability and success in our real estate venture. From the initial meeting, during the process, and even after he has been professional and reliable.  He has served ideally as not only a real estate agent but also as an assistant to all things needed pertaining to setting up in Costa Rica. In light of our experience with Daniel, I would highly recommend him. Vanessa Huff Las Vegas (Tamarindo Costa Rica)

"­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Over the past 3 years i.ve bought numerous property for development through Dan. I’ve been delighted with my purchases and highly recommend working with Dan. He’s bright and very easy going and has a good knowledge of construction as well as a high standard of professionalism and integrity. i hope to keep working with him as i expand my portfolio." Brad Schmidt r/s Tamarindo, Costa Rica (California)

"Dan is relentless in his efforts. On the phone, on his email, constantly working towards helping you achieve your goal. My party and I were on the Pacific coast for less than three weeks. Within the first two days he was able to help us with local contacts, and show us properties. By the time we left, paperwork was underway. I'm excited to say Dan helped us become the proud owners of a piece of paradise." Thanks again. - Paul Sapsis Playa Negra (Philadelphia)

"Daniel was instrumental in helping me with my initial and subsequent property purchases in Costa Rica. He knows the local real estate, is well-informed, provides sound and honest guidance, and bears exceptional customer service skills (even following up with me while he was on vacation.) He's a great contact to have and won't hesitate to provide one with local key contacts when necesary. I'm proud to recommend Daniel, and I've told him over and over again how he took the hassle, stress, and anxiety of foreign property purchase out of the picture for me, making the process fairly straightforward and simple. I'm glad my friends have his contact info and hope they took take the step I once took to invest in a piece of the Costa Rican paradise! Pura vida!!" Chukwunenye Nnebe (Folsom, California)

Dan Talbot In March 2011, Dan Talbot spent countless hours in the Tamarindo area helping me research and select the perfect location and facility to purchase a bed and breakfast.  Because of Dan’s advice, guidance, and wisdom, one year later Mirador was voted Trip Advisor’s #1 Bed and Breakfast in the Tamarindo area.  Dan Talbot is one of the most knowledgeable, competent, and insightful professionals that I have met in the real estate business.  I, without question, will not hesitate to utilize Dan for all my future real estate needs. Dr. Bill Russell (Atlanta, GA)

"After spending over a year doing research on homes for sale in Costa Rica using Point2Homes I contacted a Century21 Realtor in Tamarindo about a home in Nosara ,but he passed me on to another realtor in Samara which did not work for me, I had already experienced this once before on a trip to look for property there and it turned into them trying to sell me what they had listed, not what I had told them what I was looking for. Right after that, I happened to see a listing by 1st Costa Rica Realtors, Dan Talbot, listing agent. I contacted him and told him I was interested in viewing his listing, but that I also had about another 12 or so properties I was interested in viewing, and that I intended to spend 3 weeks there with the intent to purchase. He responded that he would be more than happy to show me the properties, to send him a list. Right before I was schedule to leave he called and we discussed how we would go about this. After speaking to him I felt confident that I chosen the right agent this time. We arrived in Tamarindo in August 2010 went straight to his office and met for the first time. I was impressed right away with his laid back demeanor and honesty. The next day we viewed the home he had listed that interested me, but it just wasn't the one. So we agreed to view one the next day that was 1 1/2 hours away from his office, he made the arrangements to meet with the local agent and drove with us there the next day. Needless to say that "WAS" the one and in less than an hour an offer was submitted and then the complicated part began. Dan and his broker Chad were there every step of the way to facilitate what to me is a very complicated and foreign way of transacting a real estate closing. I was a real estate investor for 20 years in the States with dozens of closings under my belt and this was totally different. But with Dan's help and the attorney's that work with them we finally got it done. But that didn't mean that Dan and I would not stay in contact. Every month or so I would get an email from him asking how everything was going with the house and offering his help. Needless to say this relationship evolved into him finding me a Bar and Restaurant business in the Tamarindo area that I purchased about a year and a half later at an extremely good price which he helped me negotiate. All in all, the thing that has impressed me about Dan and for that matter everyone at 1st Costa Rica Realtors is their honesty, integrity and the fact that even after the transaction is complete their relationship with the client continues. I consider Dan and Chad friends that I can count on to help me sort through the "Red Tape" that comes along with living in "PARADISE"." Best Regards, Juan Urreta Owner, Scallywags, Bar and Restaurant Multiplex, Palm Beach Estates, Playa Grande, Costa Rica (Dallas Texas)

"Daniel’s knowledge of the local market and eagerness to assist made it easy for me to look at different areas and locations and then find the perfect location with all the amenities I was looking for.  Thank you, Daniel." Milissa Johnson (Edmonton)

"Daniel has sold several of my properties in the past, in all cases he has represented the buyers, however he has done so in a very respectable manner and ensured that we were well informed and to date on the process as we were in every case acting without a representative agent.  I look forward to working further with Daniel in the future and will always recommend him as a honest quality agent with great knowledge and background. Besides his depth of knowledge of the industry in general and the local industry in particular what impressed upon me most is the diligence of detail in the handling of the small details that Daniel so impressively and diligently covers. I strongly recommend Daniel to represent your real estate needs." Donny & Cristi Lalonde Avellanas & Tamarindo, Costa Rica (Canada)


When I visited Costa Rica I decided that it was the perfect place to live during retirement. After researching homes in the Tamarindo area I reached out to Daniel Talbot via e mail. Best decision I could have made. His easy going demeanor, knowledge of the market and the process made purchasing a home in Costa Rica a breeze. His honesty and integrity, his willingness to go the extra mile, his availability, and network of local professionals and after purchase follow up made the transaction seamless. If you are considering purchasing you would be wise to reach out to Daniel.


Mike Sullivan Toronto/Tamarindo