Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Achievements


Buy a house  

After you defeat your first dragon in the main mission, “Dragon Rising,” you’ll be able to head back to Proventus Avenicc, the Jarl’s steward, who’s in Dragonsreach in Whiterun and buy a house for 5,000 gold. All you need to do is buy the house. Nothing more, nothing less. It doesn’t have to be this house though, in fact, there should be one in each major city, but this is the easiest and I’m guessing, the cheapest. Of course, decorating it after with the same chap nets you some cool bonuses, but has nothing to do with the achievement. Decorate that son of a bitch though, yo!

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User Comments
Comment #1 by brandonator14
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 10:06:15 PM

This wouldn't be an RPG without buying houses.

Comment #2 by a dying animal
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 04:14:47 AM

I shall buy a house for the achievement and never go back there again!

Comment #3 by xxDAMOSxx
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:28:27 PM

I don't know about everybody else but i will buy a horse the first chance i get and just ride everywhere instead of fast traveling cause it's faster than walking and i want to find as many dungeons as i can.

Comment #4 by Ajex
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 09:58:19 AM

@#3 it says buy a house not a horse lmao but yea that will be fun but i think im gonna be trying to see what u can do like whats in town and all that good stuff then go fight and do quests this games gonna be great!

Comment #5 by mitcho2013
Sunday, October 09, 2011 @ 01:26:53 PM

There better be a 500 coin shack for this

Comment #6 by Heffir
Sunday, October 09, 2011 @ 01:55:28 PM

Lol @3. Horse. xD

Comment #7 by TheAntichrist93
Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 08:21:43 AM

OMG I love buying houses :')

Comment #8 by MADDOG900
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 @ 10:27:35 PM

Why does everyone hate that they have to buy a house? interior decoration was
half the fun in Oblivion.

Comment #9 by romans58snrsvd
Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 08:48:42 AM

@8 and by interior decoration you mean mindlessly buying everything that the shopkeepers
had for sale?

OT: I will inevitably buy ALL the houses. So this is just another one I get for playing the game like I will anyway!

Comment #10 by keltdiasavere
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 10:55:19 AM

good to have a place to keep all my for gems, desk for scrolls and books, chests for various armor and weapons...wonder if you can get another servant girl like in oblivion. come in handy for a vampire. speaking of 'diseases' you can catch, in morrowwind expansion that took you to to the nords, you could catch lycanthropsy...a nordic vampire werewolf sounds pretty damn fun right about now

Comment #11 by ServbotNamedSxE
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 11:20:56 AM

@10: You had a servant girl in Oblivion!? I didn't know you could get servant women! I had a servant girl in Dragon Age 2, that was cool(paid her though since I was playing as a good character)!

I'll have sex slaves in my basement and a gimp in a chest!

Comment #12 by TacticalElusion
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 12:08:29 PM

@11 WHAAAT?! how do you get a servant girl in dragon age 2?

OT: I like buying houses in games like this.

Comment #13 by Grohlvana
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 06:33:43 PM

@10 It's been confirmed that you cannot be a werewolf in Skyrim. You can be a vampire however.

Comment #14 by keltdiasavere
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 05:10:26 PM

@11 one of the houses that had a basement in it there was some side mission where i ended up hiring a servant that stayed in the basement. it was a easy place to boost sneak skill and she had some kind of sweetrolls i kept pickpocketing off her..

@13 there's always hope in dlc for my vamp-lupine....*crossing fingers/toes/eyes*

Comment #15 by Falloutsider
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 01:31:45 PM

i always buy a house good place to store stuff that you'll never use, might as well sell it i suppose

i hated being a vampire in oblivion it was a pain in the ass,
especially cause the lady with the cure dissapered on me before
i gave her the soul gems so i had to restart ther game (which gave me an reason
to start a new game)

Comment #16 by lancmanc
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:49:58 AM

used to love going back to rosethorn hall after clearing a dungeon, sorting out my loot, finding somewhere to store new shiney weapons and watching a stray sigil stone roll across the floor

Comment #17 by Pyslexic Derson
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 07:01:28 AM

@13 nope says right here you can be a werewolf. :D

Comment #18 by DarkBladesz
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 10:20:53 AM

I will buy a house for the achievement then i never go back again!

Comment #19 by mind if i pwn u
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 06:14:27 AM

Earliest moment in the game for you to purchase property would be after you defeat
your first dragon just outside Whiterun. The Jarl will then proclaim you to be the
Thane of Whiterun. This allows you to purchase a house from his personal aide called

Comment #20 by cerenshand
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 08:28:57 PM


Comment #21 by heart attak joe
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 @ 05:05:41 AM

with prices these days i suppose it's a buyers market, although me recent experience has left a bitter taste in my mouth and a black credit history, so i would advise renting rather than buying at least if your social-economic situation changes you can move easily to suit affordability and not be left with a tiny 2 bed flat to house a family of 5, in negative equity...
well i'd buy a house in skyrim but hopefully it can be rented out, or else this ties to the marriage achievement where you need a house to keep the wife and kids so i guess it'll have to be done

Comment #22 by EricDC
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 @ 10:35:56 AM

First house costs 5000 gold and you can buy it after you defeat your first dragon.

Comment #23 by Breejuh
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 @ 06:06:09 AM

Yes, i can confirm what #22 says.

Comment #24 by funky2tru
Saturday, November 12, 2011 @ 04:40:21 PM

Lol @23. Thanks for your confirmation.

I'm really surprised at the people saying they will buy a house and never go back. Where the hell will you keep all your stuff???

Comment #25 by YodelingLuigi
Sunday, November 13, 2011 @ 10:20:47 PM

For a house, I use the Companion's Guild sleeping quarters (since I'm the new guild master). It's cozy. Btw, you guys should become a werewolf, you can choose whenever you want to transform, unlike Oblivion's sun damage crap.

Comment #26 by Sidewind3r A7X
Monday, November 14, 2011 @ 07:59:28 PM

something cool about the house in Whiterun (no idea if it works with any other houses)
that servant you get after your first dragon if she dies by falling of a mountain (which she did while i was playing mountaingoat) she will spawn dead on the floor with all your stuff inside the servant room of that house (i have no idea if it works if you buy the house before she died since she was long dead when i bought the house)

btw why doesn't my gamercard update i got 45905G already... hasn't updated in months

Comment #27 by carlosarana2
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 @ 04:20:15 PM

where is the best place to buy a house?

Comment #28 by Freeman
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 08:29:30 PM

@26, mine hasn't updated in months either i don't know what the deal is

Comment #29 by IronFrenzy24
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 11:11:41 PM

@22 whom do i speak with in order to purchase said house?

Comment #30 by IronFrenzy24
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 11:18:02 PM

found the answer to my question. Proventus Avenicci in the jarl's keep.

Comment #31 by Billy Ho
Saturday, November 19, 2011 @ 01:44:24 AM

@#13 "@10 It's been confirmed that you cannot be a werewolf in Skyrim. You can be a vampire however."

You might want to play the game then as you can be a werewolf in Skyrim. As you have the Cursed Ring of Hircine and Ring of Hircine, both giving you the chance to transform into a werewolf. (Note: During ‘Ill Met By Mioonlight’ Daedric Quest. It’s given to you.)

Comment #32 by Abadman92
Sunday, November 20, 2011 @ 09:29:36 AM

Ive bought two horse now and i still don't have the achievement. Am i supposed to buy the horse from a particular place or what?

Comment #33 by zomb13m4n
Sunday, November 20, 2011 @ 09:13:03 PM

ok, got a question here. My girlfriend is a vampire, and she just bought the house in Whiterun, but did NOT get this achievement. Is it because she is a vampire?

Comment #34 by studebach
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 @ 07:35:21 AM

How do you get a girlfriend in Skyrim?

Comment #35 by Mrryan12
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 11:41:37 PM


Buy a house, not horse.

Comment #36 by SnipeBOOMurDead
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 09:56:31 AM

This DOESNT unlock the achievement but there is an abandoned house in Markarth FOR FREE! I currently am using it for now. But will get a house for the achievo and move into it. You do have to do a small quest to get the abandoned house but it is totally worth it. There is a prize at the end.

Comment #37 by WrathsFury
Sunday, December 11, 2011 @ 08:54:32 AM

I bought the house in Whiterun. Is there any difference between the houses in each city?

Comment #38 by heyska44
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 06:38:03 PM

I hoard EVERYTHING haha. just so i could sell enough stuff to buy the house in Solitude

Comment #39 by Pierke111
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 03:14:43 AM

this is a way of making money, fast (for buying a house).
1st: you marry 'camilla' in riverwood (she has a shop, the 'riverwood trader')
2nd: speak to her, and ask if the shop has made any money
3rd: you get 100 coins/day

Comment #40 by gundamcreed7
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 05:28:34 AM

dear comment #40 i like your thinking and all but how do i marry

Comment #41 by XEN610
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 06:52:13 PM

@#40-Anyone you marry will give you a 100 coins/day. Plus you can let it build up. I married Mjoll the Lioness & she has a shop too.

Comment #42 by Abadman92
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 07:13:28 AM

@ Mr steamwhistle
:L sorry miss read the achievement title

Comment #43 by Slay3r v
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 11:01:52 AM

EZ :)

Comment #44 by TheGreyMan
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 06:27:16 AM

I thought #33 and #34 had it sussed with undead girlfriends buying houses for you, until I read #40… LOL

Comment #45 by resevil239
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 @ 08:57:51 PM

Is there a "nicer" house than the one in windhelm? Or a more expensive one?

Comment #46 by rsjwright
Friday, November 29, 2013 @ 11:31:08 AM

I find the weapons cases to be quite glitchy.

Comment #47 by Gamerkid24315
Sunday, July 17, 2016 @ 09:20:41 PM

I would join the Dark Brotherhood as early as possible and do as many quests as possible. As soon as you get 5000 gold head to Whiterun (and if you haven't already) complete Bleak Falls Barrow and Dragon Rising quests. Then speak to Proventus Avenicci and buy Breezehome.

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US November 11, 2011

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