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Chris Shanahan, CISP

Chris Shanahan, CISP®

Director, Investment Review

In his role as Director, Investment Review at PENSCO, Chris Shanahan uses his expert level of knowledge of alternative assets, including promissory notes, REITs and real estate, to determine whether investment opportunities can be held in self-directed IRAs. This might entail working with a mortgage broker or investment sponsor to determine if their latest deal is eligible to accept IRA funds, or helping a PENSCO client successfully invest IRA dollars in a new real estate opportunity.

Chris also spends his time attending sales conferences, meeting with mortgage brokers and investments sponsors to keep up-to-date on the latest real estate investment trends.

Chris holds a B.S. from the University of San Francisco, and is a Certified IRA Services Professional through the American Bankers Association.

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Off the Beaten Path: Investing in Real Estate Niches

Off the Beaten Path: Investing in Real Estate Niches

  |  By Chris Shanahan, CISP®

Real estate investing is a popular strategy among PENSCO’s self-directed IRA clients, providing retirement savers with a means of diversifying th... Read this article »


Incorporating Climate Change Risk into Your Process

Incorporating Climate Change Risk into Your Process

  |  By Chris Shanahan, CISP®

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Rising Rates, Affordability May Pressure the Market

Rising Rates, Affordability May Pressure the Market

  |  By Chris Shanahan, CISP®

The U.S. housing market is entering 2019 under a cloud of uncertainty, and concerns are mounting that rising mortgages rates and a decrease in af... Read this article »


Using Your Self-Directed IRA to Invest in Real Estate Technology

Using Your Self-Directed IRA to Invest in Real Estate Technology

  |  By Chris Shanahan, CISP®

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What Rising Interest Rates Mean for Investing in Real Estate

What Rising Interest Rates Mean for Investing in Real Estate

  |  By Chris Shanahan, CISP®

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