Hotel & Resort Videos & Social Media Marketing

Using  world-class videos to help market hotels and resorts worldwide, coupled with social media marketing, is now part of the business portfolio of The Matchmakers, an international real estate company located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Broker/owner Jim Hilgendorf of The Matchmakers, is also a world-class videographer, and producer of The Tribute Series, a highly-acclaimed series of travel videos, several of which have appeared on PBS and international television.  He also produces documentaries and corporate promotional videos.

Of his travel series, the Seattle Times has written: “The Hilgendorf brothers are unique in the world of travel videos… No one is better at revealing the heart of a place than Jim and John Hilgendorf.”

Holding to this same level of artistry in his real estate endeavors, Jim comments:

“Video is extremely powerful in marketing, and for top hotels or resorts to try to capture business and new clients without utilizing the very best videography to present themselves to an online market is a mistake.”

Video is not the only tool in Jim’s arsenal however.  Creating dynamic social media marketing plans is now an essential ingredient in keeping hotels and resorts out on the cutting edge of promotional change.  For this, The Matchmakers is now working in association with a renowned expert in the field of social media marketing, to help create a unified approach combining quality creative video, social marketing expertise, and an international network of real estate professionals.

The Matchmakers markets beautiful homes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy and Mexico, and is also a member (by invitation only) of AREA – Associated Realty of the Americas – an international referral based network of top luxury residential and commercial real estate agents all across the United States, Canada, Mexico and beyond.

Contact The Matchmakers to discuss ideas for expanding your business by getting your hotel or resort out in front of the world.

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Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Grand Apartment 16th Arrondissement Paris

This grand apartment in the 16th arrondissement, Paris, is entirely renovated, and overlooks the Seine and Place de l’Alma.

Apartment Paris 16th Arrondissement

16eme Paris Apartment for Sale

The apartment has eight rooms and 3 bedrooms with baths, with approximately 3423 square feet of living space.

This elegant, bright apartment is in an ideal location, near Avenue Georges V, Avenue Montaigne, and Quai d’Orsay.

Asking price is 8,950,000 Euros.

Beautiful Paris apartment overlooking the Seine

For information on this property, or on other properties in the Paris area, contact us.

The Matchmakers is a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and in France.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf - The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419

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Foreign Investors & Buyers: Buy Now in S. F. Bay Area

For investors from abroad, or foreign nationals considering relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, now may be an excellent time to try to make a move.

Prices are beginning to rise in many areas, and multiple offers are becoming common.  It is turning into a seller’s market.

The reasons are simple.  There is a shortage of quality homes on the market in many areas.  Buyers are beginning to move back into the market, but the inventory is just not there.

Buyers are wanting to buy because of continuing low interest rates, and a feeling that the market is beginning to come off its lows and is starting to make a move upwards again.  Buyers want to catch the ride up if there is one.

Sellers, on the other hand, are reluctant to sell, because if the market is beginning to move upwards again, many homeowners feel they might want to wait a year or two to ride the market up so that they can get a better price.

In the meantime, buyers want more inventory to look at and to buy.

Cash offers, many above the asking price, with minimal contingencies, are approaches that are winning the day in many cases.  These are conditions that foreign buyers are able to fulfill many times.

So if you are looking to move or relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area, for personal or business reasons, contact The Matchmakers real estate.  We can help to introduce you to this wonderful area.  We cover the entire Bay Area.  The Matchmakers is also part of a national and international network of top agents all across the United States, Canada, Mexico and beyond.  We can direct you to agents you can trust.

So contact us with your specific needs.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Penngrove Ca Marin Homes Real Estate

Penngrove, California, is a small town between Petaluma and Cotati, in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco.

Penngrove, Ca. Marin Real Estate

A town of about 2500 inhabitants, Penngrove  boasts a strong community feeling.  There are many local farms, with fresh fruits and vegetables.  To the north is the city of Santa Rosa, also in Sonoma County, and to the south are the many small communities of Marin County, with its easy access to the city of San Francisco, via the Golden Gate Bridge or ferry.

There are some spectacular homes and estates in and around Penngrove.  Take a look at some of them here.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf - The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers is a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy, and Mexico.  The company is also part of an international referral network of top agents reaching all across the United States, Canada, and beyond, and so we are in a position to connect you with some of the best and most trusted agents in the business.

If you are considering moving or relocating the greater San Francisco Bay Area, contact us.  We can introduce you to this wonderful area.  Videos of the Bay Area are also on our website.  Take a look.

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Lake Trasimeno Luxury Villas & Real Estate

Overlooking beautiful Lake Trasimeno, straddling the border of Umbria and Tuscany in the heart of Italy is this beautifully restored stone house.

Lake Trasimeno Villa in Umbria, Italy

Cortona, the ancient Etruscan city and site of the best-selling book, “Under the Tuscan Sun”, is only about 30 minutes away by car, as is Perugia, the capital city of Umbria.  Passignano sul Trasimeno, with shops, beaches and restaurants, is only a couple miles away.

Lake Trasimeno Stone House

The property also includes a guest cottage, with two bedrooms, living room with a kitchen corner, bathroom and study.  External steps to the rear of the cottage lead up to an art studio with a spectacular lake view.

Lake Trasimeno was the site of one of the most famous battles in history, when Hannibal’s forces, riding on elephants, defeated the legions of Rome.  One of the islands in the lake also gave refuge to Francis of Assisi.

The property also includes a lovely swimming pool.

Lake Trasimeno Estate, Umbria, Italy

Asking price for this estate is 1,400,000 Euros.

The Matchmakers is a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy and Mexico.  The company is also part of a network of top-notch agents and companies all across the United States and Canada.

For more information on the property above, or on other properties, contact us.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf - The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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The Matchmakers – A Love Affair

San Francisco & International Real Estate

The Matchmakers, a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Canada, France, Mexico and Italy, has now taken their love affair with beautiful residential properties to an international audience on YouTube.

Jim and Elizabeth Hilgendorf, the principals of The Matchmakers, and happily married for forty years, are the stars of a new short video on YouTube highlighting their passion for beautiful real estate.

The Matchmakers have expanded their reach during the last year by becoming part of a network of top-notch real estate agents and companies that reach all across the United States, Canada, France, Mexico, Italy and elsewhere.  Besides dealing in beautiful homes and residential estates, The Matchmakers now have access to an international network of commercial agents and companies.  The Matchmakers is rapidly developing into a referral hub for international properties, investors and buyers.

As is evident, The Matchmakers love affair is being recognized around the world.

Give us a call.

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Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf - The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Lafayette Ca Real Estate

Lovely luxury homes abound in Lafayette, a town of about 25,000 east of Oakland, just across the Berkeley Hills.

This is an upscale community, with a lovely downtown, and a wonderful selection of shops and restaurants, like La Boulange, Postino, The French Bakery Cafe and Tea House, and Chow.

Homes under $1 M have been selling at a very brisk pace this spring, sometimes with multiple offers.  The market activity for $1 M – $5 M homes is slower.

This is a popular real estate destination, with a high quality of life and top rated schools, clean air and a low crime rate. Lafayette has its own Bay Area Rapid Transit station (BART) which offers excellent on-time transportation, and only a 25 minute BART ride into the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Take a look:

If you are moving or relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, for personal or business reasons, we can help you get acquainted with this wonderful and exciting area.  We are THE MATCHMAKERS, a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy and Mexico.  We are also part of a network of top agents throughout the Bay Area, as well as all across the United States and Canada, so we can refer you to some of the best and most trusted agents in any of these areas, agents you can trust. Whatever your real estate needs, give us call.  We pride ourselves on excellent service.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Luxury Homes Potrero Hill San Francisco Real Estate

San Francisco Real Estate

Potrero Hill, south of Market, is located on hills, and is one of the sunniest neighborhoods in San Francisco.

The neighborhood is upper-middle class, and family oriented, and a great many of the homes and condos in the area have views of the downtown skyline, the San Francisco Bay, or Twin Peaks.  You can find beautiful Victorians and luxury homes here.

Many people like to live here because of proximity to the central city, and access to other parts of the Bay Area.  Just north of Potrero Hill are many designer warehouses, art schools and showrooms in a special light-industrial district called Showplace Square.

If you would like to know more about this fascinating area, contact us.  We are The Matchmakers, a real estate company specializing in beautiful luxury homes and estates in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy, and Mexico.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf - The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Carmel California Real Estate

Carmel by the Sea is a mecca for those seeking beautiful luxury homes and estates and breathtaking scenery.

This small city is a tourist hub for many reasons.

Carmel, since almost its earliest beginnings, has been known for its rich artistic history.  Poets, writers, and artists have made the town an artistic center. Jack London spent time here.  Poet Robinson Jeffers built his famous Tor House in this area, hosting such cultural celebrities as Sinclair Lewis, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Lindbergh, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and George Gershwin.  Actor Clint Eastwood was mayor here for two years.

The stunning landscape and seascape of the 17 mile drive around the Monterey Peninsula is another reason for Carmel’s draw.

Nearby Pebble Beach Golf Links is one of the most famous and beautiful public golf courses in the world.  Huge estates dot the road and cliffs along 17 mile drive.

Get a feeling for it all in the video below.

If you would like to know more about this fascinating area, contact us.  We are The Matchmakers, a real estate company specializing in beautiful luxury homes and estates in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy, and Mexico.  Our network of associates are second to none in the real estate industry.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Corte Madera Luxury Homes Marin Real Estate

Corte Madera, a small town of about 9,000, is one of the richest towns in Marin County.

The town is located just a few miles south of San Rafael, and adjoins another lovely small town, Larkspur.  The town is known as the “Hidden Jewel of Marin”, with tidelands of San Francisco Bay on the east, and beautiful views of Mt. Tamalpais on the west.

If you are looking for a lovely home or estate in lovely surroundings, with easy access to San Francisco and many other beautiful places, Corte Madera is a wonderful place.

Take a look at some of the luxury homes currently available in the Corte Madera area, and then give us a call.  We can help you find your perfect dream home.

We are THE MATCHMAKERS, a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes, estates, and villas in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy, and Mexico.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Luxury Villas Cortona Tuscany Italy

Cortona, in Tuscany, near Umbria and Lake Trasimeno, is one of the loveliest of Italian hilltop towns.

The town was the backdrop for the best-selling book, “Under the Tuscan Sun”.

Take a look:

This beautifully restored mill property and villa consists of two detached properties, a smaller original mill, on three levels, with a double bedroom and en suite bathroom on each of the first and lower ground levels, and a larger home with two double bedrooms and en suite bathrooms.  The old millpond on the property has been converted to a small swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Price: 995,000 Euros.

Cortona Villa Tuscany Mill Property

Cortona Tuscany Mill Property

For more information on this property, or on other properties in this area, or in Tuscany and Umbria, contact us.

THE MATCHMAKERS is a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes, estates and villas in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy, and Mexico.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf - The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Perugia Umbria Villa Sustainable Home

This beautiful home in Perugia combines the unique attributes of a sustainable home with a setting in one of the most beautiful areas in Italy.

Umbria, next door to more famous Tuscany, has lovely countryside, and hilltop towns like this one in Perugia.  Perugia is internationally known for its Italian language school and chocolate.

Take a look:

This is a lovely low-energy, timber-framed, sustainable home, using photovoltaic and solar panels.  Every room has lovely panoramic views of the historical center of Perugia and the Umbrian Valley beyond.

Perugia Sustainable Home in Umbria

Umbrian Sustainable Home, Villa

The home is built on two floors, with a large kitchen and terrace on the first floor, along with 2 bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths and study.

Stairs lead down to the basement floor with 2 more bedrooms, half bath and a shower room.

There is also a privately accessed guest apartment with bathroom and kitchen, and its own private terrace.

Price: 880,000 Euros.  For more information on this property, or on other homes and villas in the Tuscany and Umbria area, contact us.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf - The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS is a real estate company specializing in beautiful properties in the greater San Francisco  Bay Area, France, Italy, and Mexico.

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Luxury Homes Ross Ca. Marin Real Estate

Beautiful homes and estates abound in this small  unincorporated town in Marin County.

The town, just north of San Francisco, and is bordered by Kentfield, Greenbrae, Larkspur and San Anselmo.

Ross is mostly a residential community, with a small main street of stores.  There are about 2400 people who live here.

You can get some idea of the town itself, and surrounding Marin County from the video below.

Ross has some beautiful luxury homes and estates for sale.  View the latest ones here.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf - The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS is a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes and estates in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy and Mexico.

If you are thinking of moving or relocating to the San Francisco area, we can help introduce you to this wonderful area.  Write or give us a call.

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Luxury Homes St. Helena, Napa Real Estate

St. Helena, about twenty miles north of the city of Napa, is one of the great centers of the Napa Valley wine country.

The town is small – about 6,000 inhabitants – with a lovely main street, stores, B & Bs, and ambience.  About a half mile up the road is the famous Culinary Institute of America.

If you are thinking of moving or relocating to this area, whether for personal or business reasons, you can get an idea of the type of real estate for sale here and the value of homes – many of them luxury homes – by clicking on the links below.

St. Helena Luxury Homes, 1 Million to 2 Million Dollars

St. Helena Luxury Homes and Estates, 2 Million to 5 Million Dollars.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS is a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes and estates in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy, and Mexico.  If you are moving or relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, we can help to introduce you to this wonderful area, and assist you with your real estate needs.

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Belvedere Homes & Real Estate – Marin County

Belvedere real estate includes some of the highest priced homes and estates in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Located across the Bay from San Francisco, many Belvedere properties have spectacular views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and other areas in the Bay Area.

The median price for homes in Belvedere is over $5,000,000.

No stores or restaurants are allowed in Belvedere, but there are many in the adjacent community of Tiburon.  The San Francisco Yacht Club is located in Belvedere.

Click here to view current Belvedere homes for sale.

Take a look at our video of Belvedere and Tiburon, and then contact us for information on your future dream home.

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The Matchmakers is a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes and estates in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy, and Mexico.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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