On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The New Hanover County region is going through a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $1 per sqft per year. That's a 6% rise in rent.
In the last 90 days, 71 listings have been made available, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 1% of the office spaces in the New Hanover County are subleases, so you will probably need to consider the implications of signing a direct lease with the building. 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 1,630 sqft. Most properties in this area are close to 1 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1996 and are Class B.