Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale (Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area))
DRE# 00809499

8814 Madison Avenue

Fair Oaks , CA 95628


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Homes for sale in Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Orangevale, Gold River, Citrus Heights and Sacramento areas of California, plus Buyer and Seller tips.. I am "Your Fair Oaks Realtor," Sally Dunbar.

Get to know Sally Dunbar

Whoooeeeeee!  It's been a long time.  35 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?    Here ya go...  Northridge Country Club areaPhoenix Field, and Rollingwood.  For an 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 OaksRollingwoodOrangevale, CarmichaelFolsom, Sierra OaksWoodbridge 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 ideaslandscape water featuresyard 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 to many words, or a compliment that I really do know my stuff.  I guess sometimes its both.


CREDENTIALS
  • 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  
 
AWARDS AND HONORS
  • 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)
  • Director - Sacramento Association of Realtors - 2007, 2008 
  • Member of Grievance Committee, Sacramento Association of Realtors - 2013 - 2015 ( 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. 
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!

PERSONAL STUFF

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 Education 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 third 60 mile event and have raised over $10K - 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.

 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 HOMESELLING A HOMESTAGING, Getting a loanthe Economy, Things I've learned in life,  and some fun stuff just for thigh-slappin fun.

I'LL ALWAYS DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR MY CLIENTS.

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.

IF YOU HAVE READ THIS FAR....

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

 

*Channeling My Inner Hillbilly, by Sweet Potata Sal

 

*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.

 

*Sally's Home Sales - 2013, for a description of the families i helped

 

*Walking 60 miles for breast cancer was good for business

Sally Dunbar's Blog Posts

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I'LL ALWAYS DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR MY CLIENTS.

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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Testimonials for Sally Dunbar

  • Laura c, Litigation Attorney
    09/10/2014

    "Hire Sally Dunbar if you want an expert, a highly skilled professional with 35 years savvy experience and who is ballsy enough to be frank & candid with you. Gently spoken, she will map an intelligent strategy to hit your goal. This woman knows her stuff, has very high ethics, and if you're smart, you'll learn a lot about how to buy or sell your special home. But don't bother with an expert if you are not ready to: listen hard, take notes, and carefully consider her advice. She will guide & support you, and will protect you from the hazards, with conscientous caring & devoted diligence - whether you're a buyer or a seller. Be prepared to do your part! I researched long and hard to find Sally - you should be so lucky. (2 days to contract in a slow market to find perfect buyers = incredible!! Way to go, Sally, you Rock!)"

  • Dana A, Realtor
    08/21/2014

    From an agent I just closed escrow with: "Sally - I always research the agents on the other side of a new transaction. You have a wonderful reputation in our Auburn office - quick to respond, honest, knowledgeable, straight shooter, etc. I have to tell you that you far exceeded the glowing reports I had heard."

  • Steven and Patricia S.
    07/19/2014

    "Sally is an amazing Realtor. she is very knowledgeable in her field of real estate. Sally is honest, dependable and very thorough in her dealings. We have known Sally for many years and have done several real estate transactions with her. She earned our love and respect long ago. It is our opinion she is the best Realtor one could ask for."

  • Julie B, Realtor
    06/10/2014

    From a buyer's agent on my closed listing: "Sally, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for a great transaction. It's so rare these days that I encounter a wonderful professional like yourself and that the transaction goes so smoothly. I was a positive experience for both my buyer and myself. I hope to work with your again."

  • Dr. Cathy, C.
    02/07/2013

    I was truly blessed to have the best agent in the USA in Sally!! Words cannot begin to describe all that she did for me. Two of her many special attributes are her sensitivity to her clients and her understanding of people. She begins the process very well -prepared and she is extremely knowledgable about real estate and homes. She is very professional and very calming, with the latter being so helpful in handling all the stress around sell, buying and moving. Sally did an amazing video of my home. My niece who has a photography background said it was extremely well done. The pictures that the professional photographer did under Sally's eagle eyes were a great quality. I looked at many pictures of homes online as I was searching for my home here in MD, and I know mine were among the best. Sally went way beyond what most agents would do, helping me get the best moving company and agent in Maryland, and helping me with many other resources that I needed. I have bought and sold homes in the past and those experiences couldn't begin to compare to what I experienced with Sally. Please share this letter with Lyon Real Estate upper management as I want them to know what a treasure they have in Sally Dunbar.

  • Paul & Allison B.
    12/11/2012

    "The Sacramento real estate marked had been terrible for over three years. Sally interpreted the earliest signs of an unforeseen shortage in homes for sale that caused recent comp data to be considerable lower than what price she said we should settle for in a sudden window of opportunity. She was accurate in her assessments, totally correct in using a short-term sales strategy, very open with the listing regarding the property and absolutely professional in her over all business skills. Each phase of the process tracked with her explanations. She invested where most effective - top quality photo and web presentations, and did not waste effort in fluff or over stating estimates. "

  • Bob & Marcy C.
    08/15/2012

    "I knew when we first met in March, that you would be a great teammate for us to begin writing this next chapter of our adventure back home to Fair Oaks. In fact, you play a key character in the story that literally alters our future. Finding our home, the way you did, is truly a story to be told for the ages. And so it will be told. And you have assured yourself entry into the Crowley Hall of Fame. I'm guessing, given your diligence, determination, creativity and perserverence, that you will also be inducted into the Realtor's Hall of Fame also one day. From both of us, thank you for making such a huge positive impact on our lives by finding us that perfect home. I want you to know you are truly gifted and exceptional at what you do and it really does change and impact people's lives. What a wonderful vocation you have chosen. Your actions reflect sunshine upon all realtors and what they are inspired to do - make an impact in the lives of others. Well done. "

  • Mark & Debby L.
    05/07/2010

    I still cannot believe my good fortune in finding Sally. She is that perfect combination of optimism, knowledge, and professionalism and made every step of our home purchase easier and more enjoyable as a result. This is our 10th move in 34 years - from Laguna Beach, to Greenwich CT, to Traverse City MI, to Cleveland OH, to Sausalito CA. Sally is bar none the best Realtor we have worked with and we find her a rare talent in the field.