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Dear Monty column: Is raising the price $5,000 for buyer closing cost illegal?

I recently sold a home, and the buyer didn’t have enough money for closing costs. They asked me to sign papers that raised the purchase price $5,000. I want to know because the buyer got $1,000 of my hard-earned money. On the day of the closing, I hadn’t cleaned everything, so I told his lawyer I needed another day to finish up. They agreed, but I thought it was midnight the next day, and it was noontime. I made a mistake, so legally, they can do that. I want to recoup my money the same way they took it from me.