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From Broke-ass Backpackers to Successful Property Developers

Discover the inspiring journey of Ant and Paul, the dynamic duo who turned their passion for property into a thriving business. From chance encounters in a Cairns hostel to becoming pioneers in property development, their story is a testament to hard work, determination, and transforming challenges into opportunities.

In 2010, Ant and Paul met in a hostel named 'The Asylum' in Cairns, Australia. Bonding over shared work ethics and adventurous spirits, they embarked on a journey that led them from backpacking adventures to property development.

Building Dreams: The Birth of Arete Property

After their travels, Ant and Paul found themselves in Christchurch, New Zealand, a city in need of rebuilding after a devastating earthquake. Inspired by the opportunity, they teamed up with Troy, a property professional, and formed a syndicate. This partnership laid the foundation for Arete Property, a company dedicated to transforming earthquake-damaged homes into valuable assets.

Arete Business Family


Ant Patrickson


Paul Szybiak

Acquisitions Manager

Robbie Fisher

property Consultant

Sam Robinson

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What our clients says


– James Mander

Ant and Paul are the definition of professionals and true gentlemen. They have been very easy to deal with offered a price that was suitable to both parties and offered us the utmost flexibility to allow the deal to go through. They have continued to be flexible with our ongoing demands and changes through the process and we thank them for that. I have no problem in recommending Arete to anyone.