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Sally Dunbar - Lyon Real Estate

Sally Dunbar

It's not just a house.  It's your home.  Let's Get It Right!!!

Whoooeeeeee!  It's been a long time.  38 years as a broker, and I've loved it... well most of it.  There have been a few yahoos along the way, but mostly great people, many who have become my good friends whom I have sold homes to multiple times.  I'm happy to help you find homes in my beautiful town of Fair Oaks, (on the bluffs of the American River, upstream of Sacramento, with the cutest old town known for its wandering chickens.), but venture into Orangevale (an eclectic mix of horse property dotted with infill tuscan-style estates), Citrus Heights (good values), Carmichael (a mix of gorgeous estates and affordable homes), Gold River (beautiful planned development on the banks of the American River with miles of bike trails), Folsom (there's more than the prison where Johnny Cash sang - a quaint old town with Victorian homes and access to sublime boating, biking, bar-b-ques, beaching, and barrel racing at the rodeo), El Dorado Hills (gorgeous, views, with beautiful homes), Granite Bay ( famous for its schools, rural properties and estate developments, like Los Lagos), Roseville (has everything, plus a super business center), Rocklin (rural bucolic life plus gazillions of newer lovely subdivisions) and Sacramento itself (where I grew up, at the convergence of two rivers.)

I hope you tried the links above.  They will take you to the newest homes listings in each community.  Pretty slick, huh?  Check back frequently, and it will update you with any new homes for sale! (Yes, I aim to please!)

Wanna know more about some of my favorite Fair Oaks neighborhoods?    Try this overview video of Fair Oaks Neighborhoods, starring yours truly, watch this.  Here is one more video that is a bit shaky, but very cool, telling you about living in Fair Oaks.

Want more visuals? You are in luck, because I have set up Pinterest boards of my best photos and descriptions from our surrounding neighborhoods of: Fair Oaks, Rollingwood, Orangevale, CarmichaelFolsom, Sierra Oaks, Woodbridge Ranch, and Sacramento. Feeling frisky, I even made a board of homes I have sold! Pinterest is kind of fun. (You will also find cool camping ideas, landscape water features, yard art,  and deck designs, but I digress.  You are here for real estate.  I remember.)

Yesterday my client suggested I was a real estate encyclopedia, which may have been an accusation that I'm square and use way too many words, or a compliment that I really do know my stuff.  I guess sometimes its both.

  • Real Estate Broker since 1979
  • Certified Relocation Specialist
  • Trained in Advanced Master Negotiating Techniques
  • Instructor of Negotiating for Lyon Real Estate
  • B.A. Degree, UC Santa Barbara  
  • Top 2% Producer, Lyon Real Estate , Dozens of millions of dollars sold! 
  • #19 out of 1000 agents for Lyon, 2013 (yes, that was exhausting)
  • #15 out of 900 agents for Lyon, 2007 (whew)
  • Nominated one of "10 Best" Real Estate Agents in CA for client satisfaction (AIREP)
  • Distinguished Realtor Designation - Expert Network (top 3% nationwide)
  • Director - Sacramento Association of Realtors - 2007, 2008 
  • Charperson of Grievance Committee, Sacramento Association of Realtors (2017), Member since 2013 ( assessing ethics complaints against Realtors)
  • Outstanding Life Member, Masters Club, Sacramento Association of Realtors  - Top 4 % of realtors 
  • Steering Committee - 8 years - Master's Club
  • Moderator, Marketing Masters - Sacramento's longest running marketing group, meeting weekly since 1991. We tour each other's listings and push cross-company collaboration. 
  • 2017 recipient of Lyon Real Estate's first ever Leadership in Philanthropy award.
Additionally, in 2006 I was chosen out of 900 agents to receive the C. Mike Messina Memorial Award for excellence and professionalism. I am really proud of this award!


I have been married to David Dunbar for nearly 30 years, and he's still my sweetie... love that guy to death.  He's a contractor who only does things one way - the right way.  We have a ton of fun together.

We have 2 daughters, and we should have had more, but who knew they would be so entertaining and fabulous?  Roxy is a Financial Analyst and UC Davis graduate. She saves me every time I'm half-way through a spreadsheet and realize I am not a financial analyst. Thank goodness those things email well. She's a great dancer, and we both have an obsession for cowboy boots.  Christy graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is a high school teacher in New York, and is another great dancer.  She's our comedian, and has brought the joy of newfangled music to my life. Thanks to her, my favorite group is Incubus, and the song Everlong can bring me to tears!  I have lived in Fair Oaks since 1979, having returned to Sacramento from Santa Barbara, where I had lived since high school (don't ask who would leave Santa Barbara for Sacramento... it was for love, and it was the best choice I ever could have made!).  Our family loves this area, and is involved in bike riding (ask about our world-class bike trail), sailing (on Folsom Lake), hiking our fabulous trails (you feel like Lewis and Clark), fundraising for Susan G. Komen (I'm walking in my 6th 60 mile event - my second was with my 90 year old mom), snow boarding (I found a two carat diamond ring in the snow once), water polo, swim, and occasional jaunts to Sand Mountain and Florence Oregon where we go duning with our extended family (ask about our dutch oven pies).  I'm also a pretty avid reader, and am in a book group.

Speaking of the Komen 3-Day, I have formed the 2nd largest team in the US walking and fundraising for the Komen 3-Day event.  We walk 20 miles a day 3 days in a row and must each raise $2300.  Over the past two years, my team, Hands Up For Hooters, has raised over $377,000 for breast cancer research, support and education.  Yes, I have room for you on my team, and Or feel free to donate!


A few years ago, Gloria called me to list her home on the bluffs of the American River. I was excited! She then confided she was recently widowed, and needed a change. She was sad. I told her she had the best investment she could possibly find - a rare home with a smashing river view. I suggested she strip wallpaper, repaint, install new carpet, replace her windows (to improve her view!), and paint-out her dark-beamed ceilings. And to then see if she needed a change. So she did. And today, 8 years later, Gloria is still enjoying the view from her lovely new windows. And her home has tripled in value! While I talked myself out of a sale, it was the right thing for Gloria!

I do the right thing for my clients because it's the best way to lead your life. If you want to buy or sell, call me. We'll figure out the best way to proceed, then we'll make it happen. You have my word! And if that means encouraging them to do nothing. then I've done my job well.


Why are you still reading? If it's to know more about me, I won't disappoint.  Here are links to my very favorite blog posts of all time, and the ones that reveal who I really am. Strap on your seat belts - you are in for a wild ride.... (don't forget to hit the back button to return)

Who is This "SALLY DUNBAR", Anyway???


*A Love Letter For My Husband


*My Best Friend. My Worst Enemy. My Brother


* Teach Your Children and They Will Listen


*How I Learned to "Leap And the Net Will Appear"


*How a Pile of Puckey Taught Me To Be an Optimist


*How I Learned to Work Hard and Play Hard


*How I Learned to Really LIKE My Mom


*The Summer of '69 and Woodstock


*My Favorite Vacations ... Sandrailing in the Dunes


*My Favorite Vacations ... Patagonia


*My Favorite Vacations.... Alaska


*My Top 17 Books of All time


*A Mother's Day Tribute to Aunt Margaret


*Hillbilly Olympics.. How to Put the FUN in Fundraising


*How I Learned... You Can Live With Breast Cancer


*My Migraines Are Gone Forever With Some Hokus Pokus


*On Being a Working Parent


* 60 Hikes by Age 60 - We're up to #23!


*Yep - I am inspired by my 90 year old Mom.




  • 3521 Landsdale Way
    3521 Landsdale Way El Dorado HillsCA95762
    Sat, Jun 29

    Open Houses

    • Sat, Jun. 29th 1:00PM - 4:00PM


    3521 Landsdale Way
    El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
    • 5 Beds
    • 4 Baths
    • 2,645 SqFt

    MLS 19032187 | Courtesy of Lyon RE Fair Oaks MetroList

  • 11363 Tunnel Hill Way


    11363 Tunnel Hill Way
    Gold River, CA 95670
    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    • 2,183 SqFt

    MLS 19026195 | Courtesy of Lyon RE Fair Oaks MetroList

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