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February 2024 Newsletter

February 2024 Newsletter

Beyond the usual health insurance benefit, there is often a long list of other benefits your employer may have available for employees. In today’s Service For Life!®Free consumer newsletter, you’ll learn about some of the benefits you might have overlooked.

You’ll also learn abouta few ways you can improve your home theater setup, and the best savings and investment accounts to start for children – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.

Finally, I want you to knowthat you may call me for any reason. And please let me know if a friend, family member or neighbor needs a caring, competent real estate professional to help in buying or selling.

I truly appreciate your friendship and referrals. Enjoy your issue!

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Bill Watson
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Aurora, CO 80016

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Overlooked Employee Benefits

The array of employee benefits your workplace offers may be more expansive than you’d think–and learning about your benefits package can save you quite a bit of money. Beyond the baseline of medical insurance coverage, some companies offer tax-free healthcare spending accounts (like Healthcare Spending Accounts- HSAs and Flexible Spending Accounts- FSAs) that you can take advantage of. Your employer may even make contributions to it for you. You probably are aware of employer-matching programs to maximize contributions to your 401(k). Some companies, though, go above and beyond with a variety of less familiar benefits you can (and should) make the most of. Here are just a few of them.

  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) may include things like free or discounted financial advice, legal advice, counseling services, substance abuse treatment, and help with estate planning. There’s a huge range of other discounts and free benefits that can fall under the EAP umbrella, such as hotel stays, rental cars, gym memberships, public transit passes, and mobile phone plans.
  • Parental leave is common these days, for both mothers and fathers. Additionally, some companies offer benefits for family planning services like fertility treatment and adoption assistance. You may also have a medical leave benefit, which you can use to care for an ailing family member.
  • Getting time off for both vacation and illness is fairly standard. Some companies offer employees time off for volunteer work, meaning you wouldn’t have to use vacation time to volunteer. And, if you work in a field that encourages and supports sabbaticals, you may have the option for an extended break from work—and still have a job to return to.
  • Many organizations recognize that furthering an employee’s education and training benefits the company as much as the employee. Even if your workplace doesn’t subsidize tuition for advanced degrees, they may cover or reimburse the cost of training programs, certifications, and other professional development opportunities. If it isn’t listed in your initial offer, ask! If the development is relevant to your job, the company may agree to pay for it even if it’s not standard.

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3 Tips For Home Theater Setup

Having a home theater makes everything you watch more enjoyable, whether it’s an Oscar-winning movie or your favorite reality show. But even if building a high-end theater system isn’t in your budget, there are a few things you can do to greatly enhance your current setup.

  • The size of the room matters. Not only do you need to ensure adequate distance between the seats and the screen, but you also need to consider how sound travels through the space. The room’s shape matters, too: Rectangular rooms are better than cube-shaped rooms for home theater sound. This article explains the “golden ratio” for acoustics in a home theater, which you can apply to your own space:https://thehometheaterdiy.com/home-theater-room-dimensions/
  • Sound system improvements are among the easiest enhancements you can make to your existing setup. Soundbars are relatively inexpensive and simple to use, and they don’t require much space. Experts suggest choosing a sound bar with three or more channels, which acts more like surround sound with multiple speakers. Most budget options have two.
  • Being able to control light in a home theater is important. Blackout curtains on the windows are a great start, but don’t overlook the color of the walls and ceiling—dark colors are recommended.

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Saving Accounts For Children

Starting a savings or investment account as an adult is good, but starting one as a child is better. You can start saving for a child’s education or even retirement as soon as they’re born—whether the baby is yours, a family member’s, or a friend’s. Here are a few ways to save money for kids.

  • College savings plan:A 529 college savings plan is the easiest way to save for a child’s education. These allow money to grow tax-deferred—and if it’s spent on the specified list of education-related expenses, the withdrawals are free from federal income taxes, too. You can contribute to an existing one or set one up on behalf of the child. Learn more about 529 plans here:https://www.savingforcollege.com/college-savings-201
  • Roth IRA:A retirement fund for a baby might seem strange, but starting a custodial IRA early means even small contributions will grow exponentially over time. It can be a great way for children to learn good financial habits. Learn more about custodial Roth IRAs here:https://www.investopedia.com/open-a-roth-ira-for-someone-else-4770855
  • Savings account:Any adult can open a good old-fashioned savings account for a child, provided a parent or guardian is the main person on the custodial account. This kind of bank account grows with the child as they begin to earn their own money and is another good way to build positive money

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Real Estate Corner . . .

Q: What other options do I have besides refinancing my home loan if I’m struggling to make payments?

A: If you’re “underwater” on payments, you may decide to move out of your home. Here are some options to consider:

Rent the property.This will help you make your monthly mortgage payments but you’ll still pay for maintenance on your property.

Do a short sale.This involves selling your home for less than you owe on the loan. The bank may forgive the difference between what you owe and the final sales price the buyer pays.

Do a Deed-in-lieu of Foreclosure.You give your home back to the lender in exchange for forgiveness of the mortgage.You may still have to pay the difference between what the bank sells the home for and what you still owe, plus legal fees.Many banks won’t consider this until a short sale has been attempted.

Before you do anything, talk to an expert about your problem, including a REALTOR®, a foreclosure counselor, a tax expert, a credit counselor and/or an attorney.To learn about more options for struggling homeowners, call and ask for my Free Consumer Report called“10 Options To Avoid Foreclosure.”I’ll send a copy right to you.

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