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Growing up assisting my father building and investing in strip malls, it was clear at an early age that real estate investing was a natural path for me to take. I received a formal education in design from the Interior Designers Institute of Newport Beach, California, and have more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate development, custom home building, and flipping houses. Contact me at

5 Key Elements for a California Ranch Exterior

1. Almond Exterior Single-Hung Windows

Affordable, durable vinyl window with an operational bottom sash. Low-E 366 glass with argon provides more protection against heat gain by blocking harmful infrared rays, as well as providing greater energy savings.

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2. Kichler Montview Weathered Zinc Wall Lighting

The clear seeded glass shade offers ample illumination.

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3. Owens Corning Oakridge Driftwood Roof Shingles

Laminate architectural shingles for a step up from 3-tab shingles. Easy to install, durable, shingles for a warm inviting look.

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4. Minwax Special Walnut Wood Stain

A penetrating oil-based wood stain, which provides beautiful rich color that enhances the natural wood grain.

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5. Behr Marque Earth Fired Red Paint

This paint & primer in one provides a tough, non-stick surface that helps resist dirt build up, while its powerful UV protection helps resist fading.

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6. Behr Marque Mushroom Bisque Paint

Semi-Gloss Enamel Exterior paint.

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  • Michele Van der Veen

    Michele Van Der Veen, host of Good Day segments including Flip It, Decorate Like A Designer and Stage To Sell, started her career in real estate investing over 30 years ago. A published author herself, she has also been recognized and featured in international magazines for her unique approach to interior design. Acquiring a formal education from the Interior Designers Institute of California, Michele’s experience stems from building custom homes to flipping over 100 homes and working in commercial real estate development alongside her father at a young age. Not afraid to push the limit on her own designs/investments, she will often be heard reassuring her team about her decisions by saying “Don’t worry we are the comps!” For more on Michele’s work or to contact her go to

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