The typical asking rate per listing is in the $30's per square foot per year. The Albany region is experiencing a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $34 per sqft per year.
Compared to the rest of the East Bay market, the Albany submarket has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued region.
In the last 90 days, 1 listings have been listed, which means spaces most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 420 sqft. Most buildings in this area are approximately 2 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1983 and are Class C.