Citizen achievement in Skyrim


Buy a house

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How to unlock the Citizen achievement

  • Iam918Iam91882,478
    16 Nov 2011 16 Nov 2011 16 Nov 2011
    94 3 12
    This is a way to get Breezehome in Whiterun for free. This should, however, work for all homes in all cities.

    You WILL still need the home cost, $5000 for Breezehome, to be able to do this. However, done correctly you will not spend it on the house.

    You first need to complete the Main Quest for the Jarl of Whiterun to kill the dragon. This will net you:
    The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimDragon SoulThe Dragon Soul achievement in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim worth 11 pointsAbsorb a dragon soul

    As one of your rewards for this you are granted the option to speak to the Jarl’s assistant, Proventus Avenicci, to purchase a home in the city.

    The home you are offered costs 5000 gold.

    While you can do this at any time of the day & with any container in the keep it’s easiest done at night when Avenicci is sleeping in his quarters.

    1) Wait until night when they are sleeping and then Head upstairs to the Jarl’s quarters in Dragonsreach.
    2) Find Avenicci sleeping in his quarters and stand on the right side of the bed. He will be sleeping to your left w/ a wardrobe to your right.
    *** 2a) Best to save at this point in case you mess up. ***
    3) Speak to Avenicci and chose the option to purchase the house. Then select “I’ll Take it”.
    4) Quickly push B to cancel out of the dialog with Avenicci BEFORE he gives you the house key and open up the wardrobe.
    5) Store ALL of your gold in the wardrobe
    6) Now let Avenicci finish his dialog to give you the house key.
    7) Once you have the key, get all of your gold back out of the wardrobe.
    8) ???
    9) Profit and enjoy your free home.

    You can do this same thing for purchasing decorations for the house. You may, however, need to wait till the daytime for the decorations options to be available.

    Attached is a video by VesperAzure on how to do this. There are many others if you're so inclined to search for a different one.

    *No you don't need to murder the guy*

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    CONKER1182Works like a charm on the latest game update. :)
    Posted by CONKER1182 on 15 May 13 at 11:30
    CheeezieQuaverBrilliant dude thanks
    Posted by CheeezieQuaver on 24 Mar 15 at 18:17
    DemianExcellent, still working :)
    Posted by Demian on 17 Nov 16 at 00:12
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  • Skelter085Skelter08599,491
    13 Nov 2011 13 Nov 2011
    40 1 1
    Available Properties in Skyrim:

    -Breezehome, Whiterun (5000 gold)
    -Vlindrell Hall, Markarth (8000 gold)
    -Honeyside , Riften (8000 gold)
    -Hjerim, Windhelm (12000 gold)
    -Proudspire Manor, Solitude (25000 gold)

    Prices are without the available decorations
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    Subliminal CutsDo any of these have both the enchanter and smithing areas available?
    Posted by Subliminal Cuts on 07 Dec 11 at 14:55
  • Fatal RusHFatal RusH658,446
    09 Nov 2011 09 Nov 2011 09 Nov 2011
    37 3 3
    Your first chance to buy a house will be in Whiterun. After completing the quest offered by the Jarl, located in Dragonsreach, you will be able to buy a house (Breezehome) for 5000 gold from his steward. It's the second house on your right when you enter Whiterun, but it's the cheapest one, and obviously quite erm... 'modest'.

    If you want to buy a (more expensive) house in another Hold, you will need to get on good terms with its Jarl, just like in Whiterun. Do their quest and the house will be available for purchase from their steward.

    I will update with the houses available once I find a full list of them.
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    What if you run the Jarl out of Whiterun? It happens during a quest for the Stormcloaks, where you have to battle the Imperials in Whiterun, and make the Jarl surrender. After that, he then leaves.
    Posted by CanadianWhizKid on 15 Nov 11 at 06:10
    Fatal RusHI can only assume that you'll just have to get on good terms with the new Jarl then.
    Posted by Fatal RusH on 15 Nov 11 at 08:57
    Am0eba MaN1.go to the dragonsreach in whiterun. 2. go upstairs and find brill (if hes not upstairs on the inside try look on the outside porch while your still upstairs
    Posted by Am0eba MaN on 29 Dec 11 at 05:06
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