It is hard to say but you are totally right. I am from Costa Rica and I moved to USA in the mid 90 to live with my father. I love my people, I love my family I love my country but the way most people do some things is just absurd...for example...if you want to build a house...no mattet how large or small it is you must get so many institutions involved to make it happen...let me give you an example...I own acreage with timber that is ready to be harvested...so I figure...it is going to be extremely cheap to build a house....no really...because the type of wood I am going to be using which is free to me...it is more expensive than the traditionally used concrete and cinder block...anyway...the architect, a professional that has to get a license from Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos so he can practice his profession has to draw the blueprints...and now this is where it gets interesting...the architect will charge you based on the estimated cost of the property...no competitive pricing...and you, the paying customer MUST pay the CFIA as well for the permit to build which is also extremely expensive...and the worst of all is that CFIA does not give you a break if you are using wood from your backyard because it is almost free...well...not really (I will get into that later). Just to give you an idea...if you have the wood to build a 914 square foot structure (80 m2) you MUST pay about $4, 000.00 USD on permits and inspections( CFIA, County, architect fees and consulting, use of land and construction site permit/inspectionSETENA). Keep in mind that you have not even touched a nail... I have worked as a consultant for Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons for more than 10 years and not even in New York City they make it so hard to build...it is like the legislation they have in Costa Rica wants the country to stay underdeveloped...no many locals have $4K to burn in paperwork...Sad but totally true...that is how things are in CR. So what happened to my project? I said...well...I am just going to move to Florida once I reached retirement age...at least I will be able to find a part time job and I will pay $37 USD for my car tag every year instead of $847.00 for a marchamo. I love my country but it makes no financial sense to me to move back there when I grow older.