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Meet Our Expert Team at Gold Compass Real Estate

The agents of Gold Compass Real Estate are all Colorado natives and love to call this great state home. We believe communication is the foundation to building trust, so we make it a priority to be available to our clients through phone, text, Facebook messaging, email and in-person meetings. Our team understands that buying or selling a home is a major life event. We are passionate to make the experience smooth and seamless by providing outstanding personal service. We will give you the resources and time you need to find the perfect home, whether it takes a month or 2 years.

Every home sale has numerous documents, dates, and deadlines that need to be coordinated and decisions made while negotiations are happening throughout the entire closing process. Our team works seamlessly keeping everything on track and organized so that you can close on time and avoid headaches. We are here to help educate you about all the options so that you can make well-informed decisions throughout the home buying and selling process.

Meet our friendly team…

Austin Hurt

Associate Broker/Owner

Born and raised in Colorado, I’m proud to say I’m a native to this beautiful state and a 3rd generation Colorado real estate agent.  My great grandfather arrived in Colorado by horseback in 1881 and founded a town in the beautiful San Luis Valley.  In my spare time you will find me with my loving wife Carrie, our three children, and our dog named Moose.  We are a huge soccer (aka football) family and enjoy watching the kids play competitively.  During the winter you might find us on the slopes or maybe even ice fishing! When I’m not supporting my amazing clients in the warm weather months, we’re off camping or fishing in the Colorado mountains.

I have more than 20 years of personal real estate investment and finance experience.  I’m a graduate from the University of Colorado business school, go Buffs!  Prior to selling real estate I was an executive in international finance and strived in being a strong team builder and strategic communicator.  By continuing to bring those valuable skills and ethics to my clients at Gold Compass Real Estate, I’m able to help clients reach their real estate goals.


Duties Include:

  • Guiding buyers to find the perfect home and area
  • Assist sellers in listing preparation for a smooth sale
  • Contract negotiations
  • Marketing
  • Agent training

Perfect Meal: Fresh seafood or a Colorado bison burger

Favorite Book: Boys in the Boat

John Hurt

Managing Broker

John has been serving residential clients in Colorado since 1976.  Residing in the north metro area with his wife Nancy, John’s vast experience includes his position as President of the North Suburban Board of Realtors as well as his time serving on the local city council.  His experience as a Realtor coupled with his law degree from the University of Denver make him a sage leader at Gold Compass Real Estate.

Lance French

Associate Broker

Lance is a seasoned broker with 17 years of residential real estate experience. His loyal base of repeat clients values his knowledge of the metro area, his exceptional service, and his passion for sustainable building. Lance studied business at both Yale and the University of Colorado and has supplemented his practical knowledge, including becoming a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) and Green Certified Realtor. Lance, his wife Piper, and their two daughters spend time enjoying all that the Colorado lifestyle has to offer.

Karen Lies



I grew up in rural eastern Kansas, in a small town that doesn't have a stop light. If you blink, you might just miss it. I love animals (really anything furry), especially rabbits! I enjoy spending time outdoors, tending my rose garden, hiking, and skiing. I’m naturally a positive person and strive to always go the extra mile for people. You will mostly find me in the office, helping clients with any questions that arise during the selling and buying process.

Duties Include:

  • Client care specialist
  • Coordinating schedules and meetings for clients and agents
  • Assisting clients with their home search
  • Provide listing help to sellers
  • General office duties including phone, email & text communications

Perfect Meal: 40 clove garlic chicken, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and molten lava cake

Favorite Book: Gone with the Wind

Client Experiences

Being able to help so many families reach the next chapter of their life goals through real estate sales inspires us to give our best every day. Please see what our valued clients have shared about their experience with our team.

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Communication is the foundation to building trust, so we make it a priority to be available to our clients through phone, text, Facebook messaging, email and in-person meetings. Our laid back approach to home buying is centered around outstanding personal service and gives you the time you need to find the perfect home.

We will help educate you about your options so that you can make well-informed decisions throughout the home buying and selling process. Our friendly and responsive team will make you glad you chose Gold Compass Real Estate to help reach your real estate goals.

Meet Our Team



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Gold Compass Real Estate

Associate Broker

Office: 303-325-5690

Text: 720-441-3050