The typical asking rate per listing is in the $10's per square foot per year. The Laurel submarket is seeing a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $7 per sqft per year. That's a 26% decrease in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Washington D.C. market, the Laurel region has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 10 listings have been posted online, which means new availabilities most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 10% of the available leases in the Laurel are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term lease. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 2,940 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this market are around 2 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1989 and are Class B.