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Down Payment

A percentage of the total purchase price of an item that is proffered when the item is bought on credit.

In an installment sales agreement, a buyer is required to pay part of the total price, usually in cash, and later pays the balance through a number of regularly scheduled payments.

A down payment is sometimes known as earnest money, or a sum of money that a buyer pays upon entering a contract to indicate a Good Faith intention as well as an ability to pay the balance.

down payment

noun collateral, deposit, installment, payment, retainer, stake, surety
See also: deposit, handsel, installment
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Conversely, another user, Afaf Abdel Maged, said: "I will apply for the unit, despite the increase in the down-payment, as I need the apartment urgently.
In a televised statement on a satellite channel Saturday, executive director of the social housing project Salah Hassan said the increase in the down-payment of housing units for low-income citizens is to measure the seriousness of the applicant.
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My recollection is they had other sources of construction money lined up, but now they are requesting to use the $1 million down-payment money set aside for them for construction costs.
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