down payment


Definition of down payment

: a part of the full price paid at the time of purchase or delivery with the balance to be paid later broadly : the first step in a process

Examples of down payment in a Sentence

She made a 10 percent down payment on the car. We put a down payment on the house.

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The answer was simple — and was quickly adopted by other developers: requiring buyers to put a 50 percent down payment, all cash, without bank financing. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "This Argentine family visited Miami in 2001 — and changed the city forever," 11 June 2018 The lessee will pay $275 per month for four years, with the same down payment. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Car Decisions: Should You Buy or Lease ... or Subscribe?," 30 Jan. 2019 The down payment may come in the form of cash and/or a rebate, trade-in allowance or other credit. Houston Chronicle, "Understand leasing terminology," 29 June 2018 Or—who knows—put it toward a down payment on the iconic home from Full House?! Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "Save Hundreds in Dry-Cleaning Bills With This At-Home Laundry Trick," 2 Apr. 2019 From private lenders, a piggyback loan is another common way to lower the cost of a down payment. Kevin Mcallister, WSJ, "How to Make Home Ownership a Reality," 13 Jan. 2019 Consider the cost of a down payment: In the 10 fastest-growing metro markets, home values now average $575,000, according to the Harvard Joint Center on Housing Studies. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As country gets richer, homeowners see the most gain," 13 Mar. 2018 Once the balance covers three to six months of expenses, the 5% can be put toward another goal, such as a down payment on a house or debt repayment, Ms. Garrett said. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, "How Millennials Can Maximize Savings for Retirement," 28 Nov. 2018 Lawmakers describe the disaster aid as a down payment. Kevin Freking, Fox News, "US House approves $1.7 billion in disaster aid for Carolinas," 28 Sep. 2018

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of down payment

: a first payment that you make when you buy something with an agreement to pay the rest later

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Kids Definition of down payment

: a part of a price paid when something is bought with an agreement to pay the rest later

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