SOURCE: Mortgage Harmony

Mortgage Harmony

December 09, 2009 09:05 ET

Mortgage Harmony Corp. Partners With 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia to Sell Harmony Loans

Community Bank Becomes First in the Nation to Offer Interest Rate-Resetting Mortgage

TYSONS CORNER, VA--(Marketwire - December 9, 2009) - Mortgage Harmony Corp., a provider of innovative residential mortgage products, today announced it signed an agreement with 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia that makes the bank the first to sell the Harmony Loan™, a mortgage designed to adapt to consumer needs in changing economic environments.

The Harmony Loan also brings a patented, ongoing compensation structure to the loan officer, which aligns the interests of the consumer, the loan officer and the bank in a way that is unprecedented in the mortgage industry. The bank's first Harmony Loan will be originated this week.

"The Harmony Loan is the first product in the mortgage industry that is truly consumer-centric. In the past, homeowners had to choose between playing roulette with an adjustable rate loan or refinancing every time interest rates dropped with a fixed rate mortgage," said Shane Chalke, president of Mortgage Harmony. "The Harmony Loan adapts to lowering interest rates without the risk inherent in adjustable rate products. As a relatively new financial institution, 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia recognizes the days of short-term mortgage products are behind us and we applaud their taking a leadership position by becoming the first to sell this product."

Designed to bring long-term stability to the housing finance industry, the product is now available through 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia as a 3/1, 5/1 or 7/1 adjustable rate mortgage.

"The Harmony Loan is unique in that it is win-win for everyone: The bank keeps a loan they might lose to a refinance, the consumer has the flexibility to change their rate when it goes down, and the loan officer is assured recurring compensation from the bank," said Ernie Tressler, president and chief executive officer of 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia.

1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia customers who secure a Harmony Loan will be able to take advantage of lower interest rates without the effort and expense of refinancing. They can generally lower their rate as often as every 120 days with a phone call, assuming their payment history is solid and they meet the rate reset parameters.

"We believe the Harmony Loan is the first mortgage product that a homeowner can feel confident will last as long as they stay in their home," said Craig Chapman, Managing Director, Mortgage Services for 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia. "It's a flexible, durable offering that will enable us to build stronger relationships with our customers and retain the best loan officers in the business."

About Mortgage Harmony Corp.

Mortgage Harmony Corp. designs, develops and distributes innovative residential mortgage products for mid-size and large banks, credit unions and mortgage companies. Its mission is to create products and services that properly align the economic incentives of all participants of a mortgage transaction and bring long-term stability to the housing finance industry. For more information on Mortgage Harmony and the Harmony Loan™, please visit

About 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia

Founded in February 2009, 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia is federally chartered and serves business and individual customers in the Metropolitan D.C. area. It provides standard checking and savings accounts, mortgages, lines of credit, business loans and IOLTAs for lawyers. The most dynamic community bank in Arlington, 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia was started by seasoned bankers and mortgage professionals to deliver high-quality, high-touch service to customers in its neighborhood and beyond. For more information, please visit