“All our friends and family are in Vancouver, and it is a pretty hot market,” Ms. Rizzo said. “If you sell and try to come back, you can never re-enter the market.”
Mr. Lieberman was prepared with a lineup of buildings. A few were in Dumbo, including 220 Water Street, a converted shoe factory. A lofty, sunny one-bedroom there with almost 700 square feet had plenty of character. The rent was $3,825. But the location wasn’t sufficiently Nets-friendly, with a long, drab walk to the arena that would lead her under a highway overpass.
For $4,000, a charming two-bedroom in a Brooklyn Heights brownstone occupied an entire floor, with around 1,200 square feet. Such a building, run by a small-property owner, can work well for international clients, Mr. Lieberman said: “The owner is more willing to have flexibility if the tenant doesn’t have U.S. credit.”
Inside, however, it seemed more quirky than charming, with an uninviting kitchen, and it couldn’t compete with the area’s gleaming, amenity-filled new buildings.
The two-year-old rental tower at 300 Ashland Place, with almost 400 units, was ideal: steps from both Barclays Center and Atlantic Terminal. From there, it was one express stop or an easy bicycle ride to Industry City.
“There’s a subway hub, tons of restaurants, people everywhere, a Whole Foods, an Apple store,” Mr. Lieberman said. “Most people moving to New York from other markets like to be in the action.”
Mr. Pavich was impressed right away. “I wanted Stef to be on top of her workplace,” he said. “I wanted this to be really easy for her.”