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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Often, these buyers see condos as an affordable option, but don’t have the down payment, credit score or other qualifications needed to get a conventional loan backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Kathleen Pender,, "FHA will now back loans on condo units in complexes that lack agency approval," 14 Aug. 2019 The down payment covered half of an agreed-upon $5,000 fee, according to the plea agreement. Jeff Truesdell,, "Adult Film Actress Admits Hiring a Hitman to Kill Her Child’s Father," 7 Aug. 2019 Executive Summary: Swedes and Garrison Keillor types in Minnesota, 20 percent down payments in Texas. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Welcome to the Machine," 26 July 2019 You’re asked for a large down payment, such as for a home repair or storm damage clean-up., "Senior scams on the rise as new cons emerge: Here’s how to protect yourself," 30 June 2019 The fake profile was selling cell phones and asking for a down payment., "Post office refuses fake money orders: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 16 Aug. 2019 On July 26, the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s (H-GAC) Transportation Policy Council (TPC) approved a $100 million down payment to begin to rebuild Segment 2 of I-45, which runs from I-10 to North Loop 610. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Houston’s $7 billion solution to gridlock is more highways," 5 Aug. 2019 With a median home price of $445,900 in Denver, only about one in 20 listings met the affordability standard as of May, assuming a typical mortgage length and down payment. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Only 1 in 20 houses in Denver is affordable for teachers, study finds," 19 July 2019 Any customer who bought a new 1956 Ford could do so with an initial 20 percent down payment and three years of monthly $56 payments. Hannah Denham, Washington Post, "Six ways Lee Iacocca transformed the auto industry," 3 July 2019

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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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