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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 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
Dec 5
4pm | 3c
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.

Monday
Dec 8
1am | 12c
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.

Friday
Apr 24
6pm | 5c
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.

Friday
Jun 12
5pm | 4c
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
Jul 16
3pm | 2c
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.

Sunday
Jul 19
12pm | 11c
Season 2, Episode 11

Beachfront Dreaming

Sanjay and Sejal are in the market for a vacation home in the family-friendly seaside town of Carolina Beach. With its family friendly shoreline and nostalgic beach charm, Carolina Beach is a convenient getaway for this busy family of five. But homes close to the beach run a high price tag; so Matt Blashaw must convince this couple that a fixer upper on the beach is not too much for this couple to take on.

Sunday
Aug 30
12pm | 11c
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!

Tuesday
Oct 13
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 1

Marathon Getaway

Dana & Christian grew up vacationing in Marathon, FL with their families. After meeting as teenagers and gradually losing touch, the two reconnected 10 years later and are now looking to buy their dream vacation home in the Keys, together! It's a race against the clock for Matt Blashaw to find this couple a blank slate with direct ocean access that they can put their own stamp on. But will the couple be willing to make sacrifices for the perfect waterfront location or will they be priced out of paradise.

Thursday
Jan 19
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 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 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
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.

Thursday
May 4
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

Monterey Bay Escape

Patrick and Lisa Dobbins are looking for a vacation home for their family by the beach where they can create lasting memories with their two children. Matt Blashaw takes the couple on a house hunt for their dream home by the sea. But finding an affordable oceanfront property isn't an easy task. He'll have to find a home with big potential in need of an even bigger renovation. The Dobbins finally agree that the large-scale renovation project is worth its weight in ocean views.

Thursday
May 11
6:30am | 5:30c
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
May 18
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 12

Desert Dreaming

Matt Blashaw is on the hunt in sunny La Quinta, CA for a desert escape for Skip, Lara and their two teenage kids. This busy family is looking for a one-of-a-kind home where they can gather during the holidays and spend quality time together. Matt must work to find a diamond in the rough with Mediterranean charm that is affordable for this adventurous family and that will ultimately attract the vacationing snowbirds!

Thursday
May 25
6:30am | 5:30c

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