The typical asking rate per listing is in the $10's per square foot per year. The Des Moines submarket is seeing a decrease in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $2 per sqft per year. That's a 10% decrease in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Seattle Metropolitan Area market, the Des Moines region has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated submarket.
In the last 90 days, 1 listings have been posted online, which means spaces are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 5,400 sqft, there are still 0 new availabilities below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this region are around 2 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1962 and are Class B.