As a North Carolina native who grew up just east of Raleigh in Wilson, Susan "Bootsie" Barnes Harris attended Peace College and NC State University in Raleigh. She has also lived in Greenville (NC), Lexington (KY), Augusta (GA) and Rocky Mount (NC) before settling in Cary. Bootsie is the mother of three adult children and wife to Jerry who is also a North Carolina native.

Bootsie always dreamed of performing on Broadway, working on Capitol Hill or directing an art museum. But instead, she's found a career that combines drama, negotiation and design - and she couldn't be happier. Her keen observation skills have allowed her to absorb so much from the agents with whom she has worked. She has learned from all of their successes as well as their mistakes. After helping other agents strengthen their business, Bootsie spent time as a broker and enjoyed helping buyers and sellers with their real estate needs. When the opportunity arose to join Phyllis Brookshire and help build the Allen Tate brand in the Triangle, it was a natural and exciting move for Bootsie; one she welcomed!

Bootsie has become an expert at opening new offices after having opened one with a former brokerage and then being very involved in the opening of both the Cary-Stonebridge and Cary-Searstone branches of Allen Tate Realtors. She currently serves as the Branch Leader and Broker-in-Charge for Allen Tate’s Cary-Stonebridge office where she is a coach and mentor to between 20 and 30 agents. Bootsie and husband, Jerry, who has worked with the News and Observer for more than 25 years, love living in Cary love telling others about everything that makes Cary, continually, one of the top places in the country to live, work and play.

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