Creative Inspiration panel Creative Inspiration panel, from left: Carly Giova, Monique Williamson, Jackie Greulich, Seth Shaw and John Martinez.

SAN DIEGO— In addition to reliable public transportation and transit from hubs to the beach, affordable housing and a sense of community, Millennials here seek satisfying food options, fitness facilities and showers in the workplace, said panelists at RealShare San Diego Tuesday. Speakers on the panel “Creative Inspiration: How Millennials Are Changing the CRE Rules” said a good transportation system, housing that’s affordable on the salaries being offered and better ways to get from home or office to the beach were on their wish lists for San Diego.

Food and fitness amenities are desired by Millennials in practically all of the property sectors, so these do not come as a surprise. When moderator Carly Glova, president and executive recruiter for Building Careers LLC, asked the panelists what Millennials are looking for in a company, Jackie Greulich, student and career services manager for Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, said they seek diverse, green and innovative firms that embrace technology. “Millennials’ ability to use technology to be more efficient is astounding. They also want a performance review at least once a year, or they move on. If you have these things in place, you can ‘buy’ a Millennial for a longer period of time.”

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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