Describe why people often make a cash payment to the seller of a good—called a down payment—in order to reduce the amount they need to borrow. Describe why lenders may consider loans made with a down payment to have less risk because the down payment gives the borrower some equity or ownership right away and why these loans may carry a lower interest rate.
Explain how a down payment reduces the total amount financed and why this reduces the monthly payment and/or the length of the loan.
Explain why a borrower who has made a down payment has an incentive to repay a loan or make payments on time.
Subject Area: Social Studies
Strand: Financial Literacy
Date Adopted or Revised: 04/15
Status: State Board Approved