As we go into winter and the real-estate/rental market takes a deep breathe, I feel it is healthy to step back assess and move forward cautiously optimistic. Although real estate values and rentals rates may not climb as quickly as the past few years- there are reasons why the values will hold. The cost of labor, materials, and loans continues to make building homes difficult. The amount of people moving here continues, the attractive quality of life, economic factors and political environment remain strong attractions. The City of Meridian is still growing faster than any other city per capita in the United States.