On average, listings lease in the $10's per square foot per year. The Richmond region is going through a decrease in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $1 per sqft per year. That's a 3% decrease in rent.
Compared to the rest of the East Bay market, the Richmond submarket has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted submarket.
In the last 90 days, 14 listings have come on the market, which means new listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 14% of the available leases in the Richmond are subleases, so you might be able to find a shorter term or below market rent. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 5,710 sqft, there are still 0 new availabilities below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this market are close to 1 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1978 and are Class A.