Foreclosure rates in the region have now dropped to levels close to the national average.

CoreLogic says the foreclosure rate in Charlotte County has fallen to 1.15 percent.

That sits below the rate of 2.41 percent from the same time last year, and well below nearly 12 percent in February 2010.

The foreclosure rate for Sarasota and Manatee counties has fallen to 1.29 percent.

That sits under the rate of 2.09 percent from this time a year ago, and below the peak over 12 percent in June 2011.

The nation has a foreclosure rate of 0.93, its lowest number since August 2007.