First Rate Property Management was started in 1994 by Tony A. Drost, who has been an investor and property manager since 1990. In 2010, Melissa Sharone, MPM® RMP®, joined First Rate Property Management in the Leasing department after graduating from BSU with a degree in Communications. In the following years, Melissa and Tony worked closely to build and improve the company, and in 2017 Melissa’s husband, Jim Sharone, RMP®, joined the company to help takeover daily operations with Melissa. After almost a decade of planning, Tony was ready to phase out of property management, and in 2021 he turned business over to the capable hands of the FRPM team under the leadership of Jim and Melissa Sharone.
One fact that makes First Rate Property Management different from all others is that Melissa and Jim are investors too, and they genuinely enjoy the fast-paced world of Property Management. Both Melissa and Jim are highly active in NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers) and are leaders in the industry at both the local and the national level. Because Melissa and Jim understand firsthand the challenges and worries involved with investing in the rental market, First Rate is dedicated to managing your property as if it were our own.
First Rate Property Management's property-to-employee ratio is approximately 60 properties managed per employee. Call around and you will find that many companies have a property-to-employee ratio of over 100 properties managed per employee and, in some cases, as high as one person to every 200 properties managed. The difference between First Rate and other companies is the personal time and attention we devote to each of our valued clients and tenants. When an applicant calls for a showing of a property, FRPM schedules an agent to meet the applicant at the property to answer all their questions and give them a personal tour. Care and thought is put into all of our advertising, monthly exterior inspections are done on all of our properties, and our Leasing Agents are trained to respond to all inquiries, calls and emails within 1 business day. As a result, First Rate Property Management frequently has one of the lowest vacancy rates in the Treasure Valley and has many long-term clients and tenants.
Please review our guarantee and learn more about our education and qualifications that make us one of the best.
Mission: Our well-trained, committed, and valued team provides genuine care for the properties we are entrusted to professionally manage.
Vision: Maintain recognition as one of the most knowledgeable property management companies within our market, through continuous improvement.
Meet the Team
In her spare time, Monell enjoys hiking with her dog, volunteering, and spending time with her family.
While not at work, she enjoys hiking, camping, travel, exercise, and shooting pool with her close friends.
Ryan spends his free time playing music at local bars and restaurants around town with his stepdad. When he isn’t playing a show, you can find him with his friends and family trying to make lifelong memories. Ryan moved to Idaho 5 years ago, just days after graduating high school, to better his life in an amazing community. Music is a big part of his life but working at FRPM to help people find a place to rest their head at night brings him just as much joy.
Born and raised in Idaho on her grandfather’s cattle ranch, she knows the best places all around the state to explore and adventure. She loves taking day trips with her family and friends and utilizing her creativity with crafts of all kinds. From sewing and crocheting to cooking elaborate meals for her friends and family, Tricia can do it all!
When she is not at work, Jenn loves spending time with her family relaxing at home, taking her dog for a walk, or traveling. While Idaho is where she calls home, she is originally from California and loves to visit the beach every chance she gets!
When Angiee isn’t at FRPM she’s working on her online businesses, enjoying a wine tasting, traveling, or spending time with friends and family.
Outside of work, Sunni enjoys spending her free time reading, painting or just spending time with her friends and family. She was born and raised here in Idaho and has no plans to leave this beautiful state anytime soon!
Alicia has lived in Idaho her entire life! When she is not working, Alicia enjoys fishing, camping, reading, and spending time with her family.
In her free time, she enjoys taking her dog on long hikes and spending time with friends and family. Zoey also enjoys taking trips over to the Oregon and California coasts; her happy place is on the beach!
In the summertime, Lacey loves to ride four wheelers, go camping with her family, BBQ, and take long road trips! In the winter, she likes to be snuggled up on the couch watching movies or playing games with her family.
Nique was born and raised in Idaho and has 6 children and 2 dogs. Her favorite thing to do when she’s not working is to spend time with her family. They love camping, fishing, BBQ’s, watching movies, and just going for drives to discover new places. Nique also loves football and basketball, and loves attending her boys’ games. Nique is always setting goals, whether at home or at work, to do better than she did yesterday. She is a real go-getter!
While away from work, Shelby enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching movies, and gaming.
In his spare time he enjoys being with his two daughters, spending time doing outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, and fishing. He also loves to sit down and watch movies or TV with the family and play games. Born and raised in Idaho, he is conversant with the area and that is what drives his love for the outdoors!
When Perry is outside of work he loves to work with wood. He also loves family time with his wife and his service dog, such as camping or just driving around! Perry has a large pool and enjoys hosting parties and barbeques for friends and family. Sounds like Perry is a good friend to have!
Jerod graduated from Lewis Clark State College with a B.S. in Business Administration in 2018. Most of his previous experience comes from retail, where he played a management role for almost 10 years. First Rate can’t wait to see where Jerod’s path leads next and is happy to have him as part of the team!
Born and raised in Boise, he enjoys this great state because of all the outdoor activities this community has to offer. When he is not in the office, he enjoys snowboarding, basketball, golf, fishing, and hunting. Recently, Tyler earned a degree in business marketing from Boise State University and intends to incorporate his newly acquired knowledge into the workplace.
Outside of work, Kat loves to explore the Boise Foothills, ride or run on the Greenbelt or sip on her favorite local beers and cider.
In her spare time, Beny enjoys hiking, reading, crafts, and traveling. Speaking of traveling, she has lived in seven states in the last dozen years and is happy to finally find a home in Boise! Since moving to Boise, she has made a point of getting out and exploring the area. If you are moving from out of the area, feel free to ask her about the best place for Thai food, local wine & beer, live music, dog-friendly hiking trails, or anything else!
I graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. I also have over 17 years in single and multi-unit retail and operations management. I am an active member of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers) and serve as the Education Chair for the SW Idaho Chapter of NARPM. In February of 2019 I received my RMP Designation (residential management professional).
I graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. I am an active member of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers) at both the national and local levels to include serving as the SW Idaho Chapter President in 2018 and as the National Professional Development Chair in 2019. Currently I serve on the National Board of Directors as the Northwest Region Vice President. I received my RMP (Residential Management Professional) designation in 2016 and my MPM (Master Property Manager) in 2018. I am always looking to further my property management education by taking classes, participating in conferences and attending national conventions on a yearly basis.