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Jermaine Jackson

My Childhood Home

Shouldn't Be a Tourist Trap!

8/12/2015 4:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Jackson fans hoping to visit his legendary family home in Encino, CA might not get their wish ... if Jermaine Jackson has his way.

Jermaine told our photog he's dead set against the idea of turning the home -- where MJ recorded some of his biggest hits  --  into a tourist attraction ... something Michael's Estate is considering doing.

The bad news for Jermaine is he has no say in the matter -- still, he explained why he thinks it's a bad idea ... even for people NOT named Jackson.

50 Cent

Desperately Seeking Renter ...

For My MANSION!!

8/6/2015 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0806-subasset-mansion-zillow50 Cent is looking to make a quick buck off one of his greatest assets ... his massive Connecticut estate is now available for rent.

Since he filed for bankruptcy, 50's been trying to dig out from under his debts, and during a meeting of his creditors on Wednesday ... his lawyers revealed the rapper is now trying to sublet the mansion which features 21 bedrooms, 9 kitchens, and even a freakin' CASINO!

No word on how much 50's asking, but bankruptcy docs show he'd been paying $72,000 per month just for maintenance on the place.

The mansion is financially cursed -- previous owner Mike Tyson went bankrupt while living there, and a Lithuanian businessman also went belly up when he called it home.

Talk about a money pit.

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Terrell Owens

Facing Foreclosure ...

But Desperate to Sell First

8/6/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0616-terrell-owens-tmz-01Terrell Owens and his San Fernando Valley house are parting ways one way or another -- either he's gonna unload it, or his bank is gonna snatch it so they can sell it. 

According to recently filed documents, Owens is in default -- the first step toward foreclosure -- on the 4,250 sq. ft. home, and still owes $905,417.06 on the place.

Owens and his estranged wife, Rachel Snider, bought it in January 2014 for around $2.2 million. The exes put it on the market in June for a little more than the purchase price, but so far ... no takers. 

T.O. tells us he stopped paying the mortgage since he's selling, and the bank gave him an extension to give him time to get a deal done. Indeed, the docs say he's got 90 days.

He made a ton of clutch scores during his career -- it's time for one more.

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Michael Jackson

You Wanna See Where I Recorded 'Billie Jean'

Maybe You Can!

8/4/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0803_Hayvenhurst-home_MJ_APThe people who run Michael Jackson's Estate are considering opening up the family home in Encino, CA to tourists ... the home where MJ recorded his biggest hits, including "Billie Jean."

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, the Estate is noodling the idea of Hollywood tour buses and individuals making the trek to the property and then taking a room-by-room tour.

After Michael bought the house for his family, he tore it down and then built a new one, which included a recording studio where he laid down the tracks for "Billie Jean," "We Are the World," "Beat It," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," and many others.

Michael also built a 2-story wing which served as his separate living quarters.

Our sources say nothing's in cement ... the Estate is currently exploring the idea and also checking to see if the zoning laws would allow it, and if not whether they could get a variance. 

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Jesse Metcalfe

My New Crib Is The Perfect Hybrid

8/4/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0803_jesse_metcalfe_new_home_main_launchJesse Metcalfe is still channeling his "Dallas" character Chris Ewing with his recent big purchase – a $2.975 million crib above the Sunset Strip.

The show was canceled last fall after 3 seasons, but Metcalfe's making good use of his hard-earned cash. He purchased the 4 bedroom, 5 bath home in the celeb-favored Birds Streets neighborhood for $175,000 under asking price.

His girlfriend, actress Cara Santana, is also on the deed ... they've been dating for 5 years, so there's plenty of room to settle down and start a family.

There’s also a pool, spa and fire pit, chef’s kitchen inside and another outdoor kitchen too … so yeah, party at Jesse’s house ... until further notice.

Melanie Griffith

I’m A Renter Now

8/3/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0730_melanie_griffith_villa_main_launch1Melanie Griffith has gone from a mega homeowner to a renter, but don't feel sorry for her.

Melanie's living it up as a single chick in an awesome Hollywood Hills home after making a record amount of money off the digs she used to share with Antonio Banderas.  They scored $16 mil when they sold it earlier this year ... a record for the pricey Hancock Park area of L.A. 

Melanie’s new 4,725 sq. ft. Mediterranean villa has 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, a movie theater, sports court, and a large pool with a cabana overlooking the city.

She’s ponying up $50k a month for rent and with a 2-year lease she'll be paying more than a mil.

TMZ broke the story, Antonio and Melanie just recently finalized their divorce.

Ne-Yo To Baby Mama

We Did The Deed ...

Now You're On My Penthouse Deed

8/2/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-neyo-building-01Ne-Yo is a badass baby daddy ... because he just let the woman he knocked up a couple of times become the co-owner of his $1 mil condo.

TMZ obtained docs that show the R&B singer just put Monyetta Shaw -- with whom he shares 2 kids, Madilyn and Mason -- on the deed of his Atlanta high-rise condo.

We're told Ne-Yo made the very expensive gesture to make sure his kids would live in comfort.

It sounds comfy ... 3,001 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, a 24 hour concierge, full gym, swimming pool with sun deck, a tennis court and a load of other goodies.

Monyetta and Ne-Yo were together for a few years and even got engaged before splitting in 2013. She was featured on VH1's "Atlanta Exes" ... where she flung insults at the fedora-loving rapper.

Charlize Theron

I've Adopted

Another Baby!

8/1/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0730-charlize-theron-getty-01Charlize Theron's family has grown by one ... TMZ has learned she's adopted a second child. 

We're told Theron worked with an adoption agency for 6 months to seal the deal. The child, an African-American girl, was born in the United States. Charlize took custody of the newborn in July. 

The baby's name is August ... just like now.

We're told Charlize specially wanted a girl this time around, and she got it!  

Theron adopted her son, Jackson, from South Africa back in 2012. 

Mariah Carey

I Used Airbnb ...

For My Sick Malibu Rental

7/30/2015 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0730_mariah_carey_pad_main_launchMariah Carey has proven Airbnb isn’t just for 20-year-old hipsters traveling on the cheap, but not every traveler on the Internet lodging site can afford a $10,000/night house in Malibu.

We're told Mimi used the site to rent out an awesome seaside home on Carbon Beach from movie producer Michael Lambert while she’s back in the L.A. area.

The 3,764 sq. ft. digs includes 4 beds and 4 baths, a master suite that spans the entire second floor, and a detached guest house.

Mariah will no doubt use the beach house to catch some rays until she heads out to the Holy Land for her Tel Aviv concert in August.

Tyga

I Don't Owe Rent ...

I'm Buyin' the Damn House!!!

7/30/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729-tyga-tmz-01Tyga says the eviction lawsuit his landlord filed against him is bogus, because he's NOT a renter ... he's a homebuyer ... and if he's right it's the most screwed up home purchase ever.

According to Tyga, he plunked $200,000 down on the Calabasas mansion a full year ago and the landlord told him he could move in during escrow, without paying any rent.

If that makes no sense, get this. Tyga says the escrow was supposed to close many months ago, but didn't because the seller didn't provide Tyga's bank with info that would allow the loan to be processed.

The landlord begs to differ, and says Tyga is a squatta. 

His lawyer, Lee Hutton, tells TMZ, "We evidently live in a world where a man's word is no longer your bond."

And that reinforces the age-old maxim ... get it in writing.

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Tyga

Worst Tenant Ever ...

Sued AGAIN for Stiffing Landlord

7/29/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0728-tyga-tmz-0117-year-old Kylie Jenner owns her own $2.7 million home, and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Tyga, is being sued for not paying his rent ... yet again.

Tyga's being sued by his landlord for failing to pay two months rent on his house in posh Calabasas. The pad rents for $25k/month ... and the landlord says he's behind that amount times 2.

If Tyga doesn't fork over the loot by Saturday, the landlord will go for eviction and charge him $833.33 a day in rent.

Fun fact: this is the house where Tyga lived with Blac Chyna ... so she's named as a defendant too. 

Just last month, Tyga was ordered to pay $80,000 in back rent to another Calabasas landlord.

We have reached out to Tyga's lawyer for comment ... so far no word back. 

Katharine McPhee

No More Rent Checks

I'm a Homeowner!!!

7/27/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0724_katharine_mcphee_home_main_gall_launchKatharine McPhee has found the perfect home to celebrate her newly-found singledom.

The actress/singer -- who's in the process of divorcing Nick Cokas -- just dropped $1.4 mil on a house in Toluca Lake ... that's where Bob Hope lived.

It's perfect for a famous single chick ... 2,039 square feet, 3 bedrooms, big kitchen and very private pool and spa. 

Katherine and Nick rented, so this is a big deal. The only other place she owned was a condo in Sherman Oaks that she bought with her "Idol" money..

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Chris Brown

Bringing in Armed Guards

Robbers, Prepare for Shootout!

7/22/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Chris Brown has finally learned his lesson ... he's amping up his security with armed guards who are prepared to shoot. 

Sources close to Chris tell TMZ ... he will soon have 24 hour security at his home ... with one guard inside and another in a vehicle outside. We're told the guards have their marching orders ... open fire if necessary.

According to our sources, Chris has taken advice from professionals in his life -- as well as his mother -- and agreed to significantly limit the number of people he invites to his home.

As TMZ first reported, both Chris and the LAPD believe some of his friends were in on the break-in earlier this month.

After reading about the armed guards with an itchy trigger finger, keeping friends away probably won't be a problem.

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