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

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.

Mar 2
6:30am | 5:30c
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.

Mar 9
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 6

La Jolla Paradise

Chuck and Janine have always dreamed of owning a little slice of paradise on the beach in La Jolla, CA. But La Jolla is called the 'The Jewel' for a reason; housing prices are steep and affordable beachfront homes are scarce. Matt Blashaw must dive deep into the La Jolla real estate market in order to find a reasonably priced home that is walking distance to the beach for this family of avid surfers!

Mar 16
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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

May 25
6:30am | 5:30c

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