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Matt Blashaw: A Day in the Life 9 Videos

Spend a day with Matt Blashaw - learn to surf, meet his family and even go on some high flying adventures.

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Matt Blashaw

This licensed contractor honed his handyman skills while working at his father's lumberyard through college.
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Matt Blashaw realizes couples' wishes to own a vacation home mortgage free. The secret? He helps them shop for and renovate a "diamond in the rough" home in their dream location to command top dollar as a vacation rental. The end result? The couple rents out the renovated home for maximum income part of the year, covering all their annual expenses. For the rest of the year they live in a Vacation House for Free !
Season 1, Episode 1

Vacation House For Free

Contractor and real estate expert Matt Blashaw helps couples realize their dream of buying a vacation house and shows them how to use rental income to cover the costs of owning a vacation house. After finding and buying a right-priced property, Matt uses tricks of the trade to help couples renovate and position it for the rental market. By maximizing income, Matt's clients can really have their dream vacation house for free.

Saturday
Nov 1
4pm | 3c
Season 1, Episode 8

Cottage by the sea

Peter and Kara are looking for a low-maintenance vacation home in Montauk so they can disconnect from reality. They want to give their children the same experience they had growing up; staying in a house near the ocean. The real estate market here is booming, so Matt Blashaw shows the family three quaint homes in desperate need of renovations. Eventually, the family decides that walking-distance to the beach is more important than space.

Monday
Dec 1
1am | 12c
Season 1, Episode 7

Summer Love

Georgia and Walter began their love story summering at the Jersey Shore. They now want to include their daughter in this tradition by purchasing their very own beach house. Matt Blashaw has his work cut out for him finding an undervalued property with big potential in this pricey island escape. Will these childhood sweethearts be willing to take on a gut-job renovation or will they stretch their dollar to get the water view they always dreamed of.

Friday
Dec 5
1pm | 12c
Season 1, Episode 7

Summer Love

Georgia and Walter began their love story summering at the Jersey Shore. They now want to include their daughter in this tradition by purchasing their very own beach house. Matt Blashaw has his work cut out for him finding an undervalued property with big potential in this pricey island escape. Will these childhood sweethearts be willing to take on a gut-job renovation or will they stretch their dollar to get the water view they always dreamed of.

Friday
Mar 20
5pm | 4c
Season 2, Episode 4

Sanibel Sanctuary

New Jersey natives Stephanie and Eddie are looking to escape the frigid Northeast winters and head south to quaint Sanibel, FL. While Eddie has always dreamed of owning a sunny escape, Stephanie is a bit hesitant to take on a second mortgage with four kids to put through school. Matt Blashaw will have to find an affordable home packed with old Florida charm so this busy family can migrate south and enjoy some warm weather, together!

Sunday
Jul 26
12pm | 11c
Season 1, Episode 4

Tahoe City Lake House

Matt Blashaw is determined to find the Gordon family the perfect vacation home in Lake Tahoe. They are hoping to buy a rustic, three bedroom-two bath home with convenient access to both the Lake and the mountains. With a central location being high on their list, Matt works to find an affordable fixer-upper that will get top dollar in the rental market after an extensive face lift. The Gordon's decide that putting time and money into a home in a prime location will ultimately allow them to live their dream in this year-round paradise.

Thursday
Aug 13
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 5

Hilton Head Low Country Living

Marc and Celeste Schwitters are looking for an ocean escape, so they can spend quality time with their two sons and their extended family. Matt Blashaw has his work cut out finding a vacation house for this number-minded couple. After an extensive house hunt in the low country, the family looks past the odd and confusing layout of the home and decides that outdoor space, location, and canal-access are most important.

Friday
Sep 11
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 3

Pt. St. Joe Escape

Six years ago, Kerry & Joy moved their large family to Haiti to open a free medical practice. Now back in the states, this giving couple is focused on raising their 8 children and spending some quality time together at the beach. Finding an affordable vacation home is always a challenge; but finding a home to accommodate a family of ten is a tall order! Matt Blashaw will work round the clock to get this charitable family the perfect getaway they deserve!

Friday
Dec 4
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 10

Southern Charm

Bill and Anne were searching for the perfect beach escape when they drove through the quaint town of Beaufort, SC and fell in love. Rich with historic homes and classic southern charm, Beaufort offers a vibrant main street and easy access to the sand and sea. Matt Blashaw will take these empty nesters to see a variety of homes but with differing wish lists it could be a challenge to get this couple to agree on their dream vacation home!

Wednesday
Jan 6
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 5

Las Vegas Vacation

Matt Blashaw is on the hunt for a vacation home in sunny Las Vegas for college sweethearts Shannyn and Blaine and their three energetic kids. Despite its rowdy reputation, Las Vegas has become a family and kid-friendly destination. This couple is craving some vitamin D and quality time together away from their hectic lives and Matt knows just how to find them the perfect home and turn their dreams into a reality!

Friday
Feb 5
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 12

Lakeside Living

Jen and Scott love living in suburban Atlanta, but to escape the steamy summers they like to cool off on Lake Lanier. After searching for three years, this couple is ready to sign on the dotted line. But Jen and Scott are intimidated by large renovations projects and with a tight budget Matt Blashaw will have to find an affordable lakeside home that won't scare them away.

Friday
May 20
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 5

Las Vegas Vacation

Matt Blashaw is on the hunt for a vacation home in sunny Las Vegas for college sweethearts Shannyn and Blaine and their three energetic kids. Despite its rowdy reputation, Las Vegas has become a family and kid-friendly destination. This couple is craving some vitamin D and quality time together away from their hectic lives and Matt knows just how to find them the perfect home and turn their dreams into a reality!

Friday
May 20
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 1

Vacation House For Free

Contractor and real estate expert Matt Blashaw helps couples realize their dream of buying a vacation house and shows them how to use rental income to cover the costs of owning a vacation house. After finding and buying a right-priced property, Matt uses tricks of the trade to help couples renovate and position it for the rental market. By maximizing income, Matt's clients can really have their dream vacation house for free.

Thursday
Mar 2
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 10

Cottage on the Lake

Matt Blashaw is on a mission to find new parents Margo and Damien the perfect lakefront vacation home in the beautiful Belgrade Lakes Region! This family-first couple is looking for a peaceful, serene retreat where they can make memories with their active baby and host large family gatherings. With three equally amazing lakefront locations, the couple will have to decide which features will be most important to their expanding family.

Thursday
Mar 23
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 8

Relaxing in Wine Country

The Napa Valley is known for its elegant wine, picturesque landscape and coveted real estate. Matt Blashaw takes lifelong friends Mark and Juliette on a house hunt for a wine country retreat where they can bring their friends and enjoy the finer things in life. With a long wish list and a limited budget, these fast friends must be willing to compromise in order to get their vacation home amongst the vineyards.

Thursday
Mar 30
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 11

Classic Cape Escape

Tim and Meredith both grew up spending summers on the Cape. The couple wants a place where they can host friends and family and reconnect with their past. But their hesitations over acquiring a second mortgage have been holding them back. With their sights set on a home with enough space to rent out to families, Matt Blashaw will have to find a home with classic Cape charm that won't break the bank.

Thursday
Apr 6
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 4

Sanibel Sanctuary

New Jersey natives Stephanie and Eddie are looking to escape the frigid Northeast winters and head south to quaint Sanibel, FL. While Eddie has always dreamed of owning a sunny escape, Stephanie is a bit hesitant to take on a second mortgage with four kids to put through school. Matt Blashaw will have to find an affordable home packed with old Florida charm so this busy family can migrate south and enjoy some warm weather, together!

Thursday
Apr 13
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 9

Private Country Cape Escape

The O'Connor family dreams of buying a four bedroom home on the quaint Northfork of Long Island so they can enjoy the water, wineries, and farmlands. Matt Blashaw shows the family three very different homes, each with its own advantages. He is determined to the make the numbers work so the O'Connor's can put their day trips to the beach behind them. Ultimately, they opt for a low price and a large space, despite the scale of work necessary to get the home ready for renters.

Thursday
Apr 20
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 9

Wilderness Retreat

After visiting friends in the sleepy mountain town of Arnold, CA, Randa and Kevin decided it was the perfect place for their family to vacation. With an affinity for outdoor activities and a tangible real estate market, this multi-season haven is still relatively unknown. Matt Blashaw will help this family find their retreat in the woods before word gets out and they get priced out!

Thursday
Apr 27
6:30am | 5:30c

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