Non-Interest Income and ExpenseNon-interest income was $6.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, a decrease of $0.4 million, or 5.5%, from $7.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2010. Gain on sales of loans decreased $331,000 between the periods primarily because of a decrease in the gains recognized on the sale of single family mortgage loans caused by a decrease in loan originations between the periods. Loan servicing fees decreased $80,000 between the periods due primarily to a decrease in the number of commercial loans that are being serviced for others.
Non-interest expense was $29.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $2.0 million, or 7.2%, from $27.6 million for the same period in 2010. Losses on real estate owned increased $1.5 million between the periods primarily because of an increase in the losses recognized because of declines in the fair market value of other real estate. Other non-interest expenses increased $1.3 million primarily because of increased real estate taxes and legal fees related to other real estate owned. Data processing expense increased $181,000 primarily because of a one time incentive that was received by the Company in the fourth quarter of 2010 when it changed its ATM and debit card vendor. Deposit insurance expense decreased $678,000 between the periods primarily because of a change in the FDIC’s insurance cost structure and also because of a decrease in assets between the periods. Occupancy expense decreased $341,000 primarily because of a decrease in depreciation expense.
Income tax expense decreased $6.3 million between the periods, from an expense of $6.3 million in 2010 to no expense in 2011. In the second quarter of 2010, the Company recorded a deferred tax asset valuation reserve against its entire deferred tax asset balance and the Company continued to maintain a valuation reserve against the entire deferred tax asset balance at December 31, 2011. Since the valuation reserve is established against the entire deferred tax asset balance, no income tax expense was recorded for 2011.