earnest payment

Definition of "earnest payment"
  1. A partial deposit showing commitment in a contract, mostly in real estate deals, where the rest is paid later, but if the buyer fails to pay on time, the seller keeps the deposit
How to use "earnest payment" in a sentence
  1. She made an earnest payment to secure the beachfront property.
  2. Failure to make the full payment after the earnest payment would result in loss of the deposit.
  3. The seller received the earnest payment as a commitment from the buyer on the condominium purchase.

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