The typical asking rate per listing is in the $10's per square foot per year. The Whatcom County submarket is experiencing a decrease in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $5 per sqft per year. That's a 22% decrease in rent.
In the last 90 days, 28 listings have come on the market, which means leases are probably leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. 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 1,670 sqft. Most properties in this region are around 2 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1993 and are Class A.