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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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!

Episodes

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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.

Tuesday
Nov 18

6pm | 5c

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.

Sunday
Nov 30

10pm | 9c

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Sep 24

8pm | 7c

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 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 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.

Thursday
Feb 25

9am | 8c

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

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