Total assets at September 30, 2011 decreased to $1.99 billion from $2.07 billion at December 31, 2010, primarily reflecting a decrease in loans, partially offset by an increase in security investments. Loans totaled $1.20 billion at September 30, 2011, a $138 million decrease from $1.34 billion at December 31, 2010. The decrease reflected $180.1 million of principal repayments (resulting from payoffs and amortization), $7.6 million of loan chargeoffs and $1.7 million transferred to REO, partially offset by $50.3 million of new originations. New loan originations for the first nine months of 2010 amounted to $46 million.
Nonaccrual loans and REO aggregated to $87 million, or 4.4% of total assets, at September 30, 2011, compared to $80 million, or 3.9%, at December 31, 2010. Nonaccrual loans totaled $60 million at September 30, 2011 and $53 million at December 31, 2010 and included $37 million (9 loans) and $21 million (6 loans) of performing TDRs at each date, respectively. The increase in TDRs was primarily due to a $14.8 million nonaccrual loan restructured in June, which included $0.5 million of past due interest recovered as part of the settlement. The new terms call for interest payments at 5% in year one, increasing thereafter at predetermined amounts. All TDRs classified as nonaccrual have performed as agreed under their renegotiated terms and interest income is being recorded on a cash basis. In the first nine months of 2011, based on updated appraisals received on the underlying collateral properties, we charged off a portion ($4.7 million in principal) of five TDRs. The borrowers remain obligated to pay all principal amounts due. The Company does not own or originate construction/development loans.
The allowance for loan losses at September 30, 2011 was $32.4 million, representing 2.70% of total net loans, compared to $34.8 million, or 2.61%, at December 31, 2010. The overall allowance included specific reserves for impaired loans (comprised of all of our nonaccrual loans as well as accruing TDRs) at each date totaling $7.2 million.