At June 30, 2012 our allowance for loan losses was $17.9 million, or 5.70% of our gross loans receivable, compared to $17.3 million, or 5.09% of our gross loans, at year-end 2011. The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to NPLs, excluding loans held for sale, increased to 45.17% at June 30, 2012, compared to 44.20% at year-end 2011. As of June 30, 2012, 67% of our NPLs had been written down to their adjusted fair value less estimated selling costs, by establishing specific reserves or charged-off as necessary. On the remaining 33% of NPLs, the fair value of collateral less estimated selling costs exceeded the recorded investment in the loan and did not require specific reserves or charge-offs.
Impaired loans at June 30, 2012 were $57.2 million, compared to $56.3 million at December 31, 2011. Specific reserves for impaired loans were $3.8 million, or 6.67% of the aggregate impaired loan amount at June 30, 2012, compared to $3.9 million, or 7.00%, at December 31, 2011. Excluding specific reserves for impaired loans, our coverage ratio (general allowance as a percentage of total non-impaired loans) was 5.49% at June 30, 2012, compared to 4.71% at December 31, 2011.
Loan charge-offs during the first six months of 2012 were $800 thousand, or 0.47% of average loans, compared to $2.9 million, or 1.38% of average loans, during the first six months of 2011. Most of the $800 thousand of charge-offs were not reserved for at year-end 2011 and were primarily related to loans that became impaired during the first six months of 2012 and with respect to which recent valuations of the underlying collateral reflected impairment losses. Charge-offs in church loans totaled $387 thousand and represented 49% of charge-offs during 2012. Charge-offs in one-to-four family residential real estate loans totaled $355 thousand and represented 44% of charge-offs during 2012. Charge-offs in commercial real estate loans totaled $58 thousand and represented 7% of charge-offs during 2012.
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