On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The New Hanover County region is going through a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate fell $3 per sqft per year. That's a 11% decline in rent.
In the last 90 days, 56 listings have been posted online, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 2% of the available space in the New Hanover County 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 1,430 sqft. Most buildings in this area are close to 1 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1996 and are Class B.