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Chris Shanahan

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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Real estate is an attractive asset for many retirement savers. It is considered a long-term investment, which can correspond nicely with the long... Read this article »


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Housing Market Forecast 2018: Facing Tax Reform Changes

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The U.S. housing market is entering 2018 on a strong note. Single-family homebuilding and permits surged to more than 10-year highs in November,[... Read this article »


Using Your Self-Directed IRA To Do Well While Doing Good

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  |  By Chris Shanahan

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Property Investing Basics: Important Facts about Buying Real Estate with a Self-Directed IRA

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