Advanced Financial Tools for Asset Managers is the first of two required courses for earning the Certified Housing Asset Manager® designation. It teaches advanced financial analysis topics of interest to affordable housing asset managers. You will master a range of techniques to measure the profitability of multifamily real estate and options for refinancing a property’s debt and dive into LIHTC issues and concepts.

This course is offered virtually by NeighborWorks America in two parts (AM321VC/AM322VC). Each part includes lively 90-minute sessions over a four-week period. You’ll have the ability to interact with your peers and expert faculty to explore how to apply the knowledge to your organization’s unique situation. A variety of online tools will enhance your learning and facilitate your coursework. Since Part 2 builds on what you learn in Part 1, you must take the virtual classes in order.

Test: Successful completion of a test at the end of this class is required for the Certified Housing Asset Manager designation.  

Prerequisites: Completion of the Asset Management Specialist (AMS) designation. Proficiency in Excel is required.

Advanced Financial Tools Part 1 (AM321VC)

Part 1 covers measures of property profitability and time value of money concepts (including NPV and IRR analysis), debt calculations and debt sizing considerations.  Participants will master a range of techniques to measure the profitability of multifamily real estate. You will learn to evaluate options for refinancing a property’s debt, and calculate debt service payments based on a given set of terms, as well as calculating the maximum debt a property can support.

Core Competencies that participants will be able to perform:

  • Perform analysis of multifamily property with a range of techniques, including ROI, ROE, NPV and IRR
  • Calculate the financial impact of debt refinancing on a multifamily property
  • Analyze options for debt restructure, and understand the process for implementing the refinance of a property
  • Identify and understand a property’s capital stack

Advanced Financial Tools Part 2 (AM322VC)

Part 2 focuses on LIHTC properties across the asset management life cycle. Building on profitability analysis skills introduced in Part 1, participants will explore the elements of financial return that investors are seeking in LIHTC properties. The class will deal with elements of troubleshooting during the compliance period (including such challenges as adjusters and the financial impact of noncompliance). Participants will explore the relationships between the different financing sources in the capital stack, and the implications for managing stakeholders during refinancing and other financial events. Finally, the class will dive into a range of Year 15 issues.

Core Competencies that participants will be able to perform:

  • Understand the elements of financial return to investors in a LIHTC project
  • Calculate the impact of tax credit adjusters and recapture penalties
  • Evaluate the stakeholder interests of funders, lenders and investors, and manage negotiations with these stakeholders through refinancing and other property life cycle events
  • Evaluate Year 15 options for LIHTC properties, and calculate exit tax liability for sponsors exercising purchase options or first refusal rights.

Upcoming Classes

Advanced Financial Tools of Asset Management Part 1 (AM321vc)
and Part 2 (AM322vc)

Three Times in 2023!

Option 1 – Virtual instructor-led sessions

  • Part 1 (AM321vc) – Live sessions on Wednesdays on Jan 11 Jan 18, Jan 25 (no class Feb 1), Feb 15.  Completion date: Feb 22.
  • Part 2 (AM322vc) – Live sessions on Wednesdays on Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22.  Completion Date March 29.
    Registration for AM322(vc) is OPEN. Click HERE to register. 

The tuition for each course is $475 (discounted rate for NeighborWorks Network organizations is $325).

Option 2 – In Person at the NeighborWorks Training Institute – scheduled the week of May 1 in San Francisco, CA. For more details go to the NTI page

Option 3 – Virtual Instructor-Led Sessions (Tentative Schedule)

  • Part 1 (AM321vc) – Live sessions on Thursdays – May 18, May 25, June 1, (no class June 8), June 15. Completion Date June 22.
  • Part 2 (AM322vc) – Live sessions on Thursdays – Jun 29, July 6, July 13, July 20. Completion Date July 27.


CHAM started as an invaluable learning path to my career. I have been able to take what I learned from the curriculum to better the lives of those we serve. CHAM has been, and will continue to be, a great experience for me!

Janice Rausch

Asset Manager, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing