Down Payment

(redirected from Downpayments)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia.

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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Singapore/Jakarta: Bank Indonesia's (BI) decision to remove the 15% downpayment requirement for mortgage loans on first homes from 1 August 2018 could support property developers, but is unlikely to fully offset headwinds for demand growth and could add to asset-quality risks in the banking sector, says Fitch Ratings.
A downpayment which gives the borrower an immediate, substantial interest in the property;
NMHC analysis of HUD data shows, however, that risk-based premiums will not protect the FHA because households with the highest credit scores required by the bill are still twice as likely to default if they use seller-financed downpayment assistance.
Colton (2003) argues that both the VA and FHA programs contributed to this large rise and that their success was largely due to guarantee provisions that allowed new households and veterans to buy homes without a downpayment.
During a chance visit to Holiday Builders, in Melbourne, they learned that they would qualify for the funds, which allowed them to buy a three-bedroom, 1,622-square-foot home - with no downpayment or dosing costs and at a reduced interest rate.
These programs have often targeted prospective homebuyers with sufficient income to purchase a home but with inadequate savings to make substantial downpayments and pay closing costs.(11) In some programs, the traditional loan underwriting guidelines have been made more flexible.
Saving for the downpayment on a home can be difficult for anyone, let alone public housing residents.
Federal Officials Raise Questions About 'Zero Downpayment'
* FHA permits homebuyers to use gifts from family members and non-profit groups to make their entire downpayment, while conventional loans generally require homeowners to come up with a portion of the downpayment from their own funds.
In addition, they offer downpayments as little as 5 percent to buyers who qualify and pay virtually all closing costs themselves.
The court also stated that actual damages in cases involving real estate transactions will generally be very close to the amount of the traditional ten percent retained as downpayments.
This can include tax breaks like allowing IRA money to be used for downpayments or creating housing bonds, or a savings-bond like instrument that would allow people to defer taxes while saving up for a new-home purchase.