On average, listings lease in the $30's per square foot per year. The Albany region is experiencing a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $34 per sqft per year. That's a 47% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the East Bay market, the Albany region has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued region.
In the last 90 days, 3 listings have come on the market, which means office spaces most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 133% of the listings in the Albany are subleases, so you might be able to snag a great spot on a short term. 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 1,090 sqft. Most properties in this region are close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1983 and are Class B.