A Free Vacay Home?

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See how host Matt Blashaw helps homeowners pay for homes in dreamy locales. 

A Free Vacay Home?

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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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Can Luca and Laura renovate an 'oldie but goodie', maintain its character, and mix in the modern amenities necessary to rent it out reliably?

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RENOVATED + RENT-FREE
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An Easy, Breezy Beach House Retreat 8 Photos

See how Matt Blashaw turned a beach cottage into an ideal vacation home and rental property.

About the Host   

Matt Blashaw

This licensed contractor honed his handyman skills while working at his father's lumberyard through college.
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About the Show

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 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.

Saturday
Nov 1
3pm | 2c
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.

Saturday
Nov 1
5pm | 4c
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.

Saturday
Dec 20
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 6

Virginia Beach Vacation Condo

Brian and Yoonah are looking for a conveniently located vacation home so they can easily get away from their busy lives and schedules. Matt Blashaw shows the couple several retreats close to the water, with large enough living spaces where their family of six can congregate for some quality time. The decision is made when the family opts for square footage and beach-side living, despite a funky floor plan and lack of character.

Saturday
Dec 20
12pm | 11c
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
Jan 30
5pm | 4c
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
Mar 20
3pm | 2c
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
Jun 12
4pm | 3c
Season 1, Episode 2

Marco Island Beach Getaway

Matt Blashaw takes the Hicks family on a house hunt to find the vacation home of their dreams. The family is looking for a 3 bedroom, two bath with an open floor plan and pool for their four young children to enjoy. After seeing three homes within their price range, the Hicks opt for the spacious fixer upper that requires a complete renovation from the backyard to the front yard. Despite the overwhelming amount of work that needs to be done, the family ultimately values space over convenience.

Thursday
Jul 16
2pm | 1c
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!

Sunday
Aug 9
12pm | 11c
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!

Friday
Sep 25
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 2

Key Largo Retreat

Julie and Joe have fond memories of their teenage years vacationing in Key Largo and are now hoping to recreate those memories with their two rambunctious boys. While Joe is full steam ahead, Julie is apprehensive about getting stuck with the carrying cost of a second home. Matt Blashaw will have to work his magic to find these full-time Florida residents an affordable getaway with enough 'Keysy' character so they feel like they are escaping to paradise.

Thursday
Feb 25
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 7

Sedona Oasis

Matt Blashaw is on the hunt for a home in tranquil Sedona, AZ for Kelly and Mike. This couple is looking for a secluded and peaceful retreat with easy access to arts, culture and outdoor activities. But Sedona is known for its high end resorts and spas, so Matt must find a home in a desirable location with enough amenities and features to attract renters and contend in this competitive vacation market.

Thursday
Feb 25
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!

Thursday
Feb 25
11am | 10c
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.

Thursday
Jun 16
8am | 7c
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.

Thursday
Jun 16
9am | 8c
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
Jun 16
10am | 9c
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
Jun 16
11am | 10c

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