Most listings are in the $20's per square foot per year. The Laurel submarket is seeing a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate fell $2 per sqft per year. That's a 9% decrease in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Washington D.C. market, the Laurel submarket has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued submarket.
In the last 90 days, 10 listings have been made available, which means new listings are probably leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 140% of the available leases in the Laurel are subleases, so you might be able to sign a shorter term by taking over a previous lease. 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 1,500 sqft. Most properties in this market are close to 2 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1988 and are Class B.