Sally Dunbar

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About Sally Dunbar

Whoooeeeeee!  It's been a long time.  30 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 mainly 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 (where my rental is and my daughter lives), 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... bookreading? ... at Folsom Lake), 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.)

Wanna know more about some of my favorite Fair Oaks neighborhoods?    Here ya go... Old Fair Oaks Village, Northridge Country Club area, Phoenix Field, and Rollingwood

And if you want to know what homes are for sale, here are the newest listings for Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Folsom, Carmichael

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

  • Real Estate Broker since 1979
  • Trained in Advanced Master Negotiation Techniques
  • Negotiations Instructor for Lyon Real Estate
  • Certified Relocation Specialist
  • B.A. Degree, UC Santa Barbara  
  • Top 2% Producer, Lyon Real Estate , Dozens of millions of dollars sold! 
  • #15 out of 900 agents for Lyon, 2007 (that was exhausting!)
  • Director - Sacramento Association of Realtors - 2007, 2008 
  • Grievance Committee Member, Sacramento Assn or Realtors - 2014
  • Outstanding Life Member, Masters Club, Sacramento Association of Realtors  - Top 4 % of realtors 
  • Steering Committee - 8 years - Sacramento Assn of Realtors 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. 
Additionally, in 2006 I was chosen out of 900 agents to receive the C. Mike Messina Memorial Award for excellence and professionalism.


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 God 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 Special Ed 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), walking our fabulous trails (you feel like Lewis and Clark), 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.

 I love my area and can't wait to show it to you!  And I promise you, we'll have fun!  (If you have skipped over my discreet  links above, I'm done with gentle reminders!  You HAVE to watch my video of what I love about Fair Oaks.  It's my town, and I LOVE it.  I want to share it with you. Aw come on...  tried to drop subtle hints!)

I hope you will have fun prowling around my blog.  Check out my posts on BUYING A HOME, SELLING A HOME, STAGING,Getting a loan, the Economy,Things I've learned in life,  and some fun stuff just for thigh-slappin fun.


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.

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