Investor Glossary-down paymentInvestor Glossary-down paymentInvestor Glossary-down paymentInvestor Glossary-down paymentInsightful stock market charts - Click here
investor
Categories    # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Down Payment

The HTML to link to this page
 

A down payment is the amount paid in advance of delivery of the purchased good or service, usually to demonstrate good faith. A down payment can be associated with any kind of purchase. In real estate, the term down payment takes on a slightly different meaning. The good faith down payment in the usual sense is instead called earnest money, a contract deposit, or something similar, with the term down payment referring instead to the amount contributed at closing by the financing buyer. The size of a down payment on real property is a good measure of the risk of default for the lender. The larger the down payment, the less likely the borrower is to default on a mortgage given the size of the loss the buyer would incur. The minimum down payment is thus an important characteristic of most mortgage products.



Rate this down payment definition...

Learn about investing with the Investor Glossary Term of the Day


Click here for insightful stock market charts. Where is the market headed? The answer may surprise you. Find out
with the exclusive & Barron's recommended charts of Chart of the Day.


Popular Terms: balance sheet, Zero Cost Collar, LIBOR, implied volatility, wholly-owned subsidiary, inflation, per diem, Key Rate Duration, open position, limit order, 144a, ex-dividend, covered put, EBITDA, option premium, retained earnings, annual return, quality assurance, diluted share, labor relations, ex-dividend date, 401a, average price per share, deferred revenue, 1035 exchange, risk management, in escrow, command economy, required rate of return, liquidity ratio, minority interest, cancelled check, current ratio, reverse mortgage, FTSE, 1031 exchange, real GDP, FICO score, stock split, irrevocable trust, margin rate, APR, VIX, phantom income, stock market close, deferred tax, dividends payable, debt service coverage, class C shares


Accounting | Banking | Bonds | Brokers | Economy | Futures | Mutual Funds | Options | Real Estate | Retirement | Stocks | Taxes | Technical Analysis
Home | Term of the Day | Suggest a Term | Chart of the Day | Dogs of the Dow
©2004-2015 Investor Glossary - All rights reserved - Terms of Use