R&B crooner Usher Raymond recently put the palatial mansion that he once shared with ex-wife Tameka Raymond on the market — and he’s giving her 60 days to vacate the premises.
Public records show the 33-year-old singer purchased the home in 2007 (the year he married Tameka) for $3,040,000. But the value of the home has dropped over a million dollars in recent years.
Usher filed for divorce from Tameka in 2009 after living apart for over a year. He moved to the west coast and let Tameka stay in the mansion with their sons, 4 and 3, and her sons from previous relationships. But the terms of their divorce allows Usher to sell the mansion whenever he wants to.
Friends say Usher is tired of sinking thousands of dollars into the mansion for its daily upkeep. He wants Tameka out so he can unload the pricey property and cut his losses.
The mortgage is a whopping $11,000 a month, not including the property taxes which comes to over $42,000 a year.
Usher thinks he’s paying Tameka enough in child support for her to move out and buy her own home. But Tameka is mired in debt, and she knows she can’t afford a similar home with the cash he’s paying her.
The sale of the 12,445 square foot, 6 bedroom, 8 bath mansion in Roswell is being handled by a private broker. It doesn’t show up in any of the public listings.
Friends say the private broker has been trying to show the home to potential buyers — while Tameka is at home — but she refuses to let them in.
According to TMZ.com, the home is the main reason Tameka and Usher are locked in a mediation battle in court to decide custody of their sons.
If Tameka wins, she gets an increase in child support which allows her to buy a similar sized home. If Usher wins, he gets to take the kids to live with him and his girlfriend Grace Miguel in California.