The typical asking rate per listing is in the $30's per square foot per year. The Columbia region is experiencing a decrease in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate fell $1 per sqft per year. That's a 2% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Greater Baltimore market, the Columbia submarket has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 53 listings have been posted online, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 2% of the available space in the Columbia are subleases, so you will probably have to focus your search on direct office leases. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this region are close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1988 and are Class A.