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Q: I am in the market for a new home, and I am worried. My friend recently put an offer in on a house of $109,000, which was the list price. The bank came back with a counteroffer of $150,000! Is that even ethical? Can they really do that? Is that something I should be looking out for?

A: Your question reflects the essence of why I write this column. I know that’s a little heavy, but let me explain. Hindsight for hindsight’s sake sounds a little too much like fodder for guilt or blame or regret for my tastes. Those are probably three of the most counterproductive of all the human emotions, and definitely cause more harm than good.