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............| The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Buyable Houses Guide |...........
............|                       Version 1.37                    |...........
............|  Written by Glenn Frazee (grfrazee[at]gmail[dot]com)  |...........
............|                GameFAQs s/n: Idiosyncrat              |.........--
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|                               TABLE OF CONTENTS                              |
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|		    CHAPTER	              			| REFERENCE NO.|
+==============================================================================+
|  Version History......................................................01-00  |
+==============================================================================+
|  Legal Stuff..........................................................02-00  |
+==============================================================================+
|  Introduction.........................................................03-00  |
+==============================================================================+
|  Houses...............................................................04-00  |
|	Imperial City...................................................04-01  |
|	Bravil..........................................................04-02  |
|	Anvil...........................................................04-03  |
|	Leyawiin........................................................04-04  |
|	Bruma...........................................................04-05  |
|	Cheydinhal......................................................04-06  |
|	Chorrol.........................................................04-07  |
|	Skingrad........................................................04-08  |
+==============================================================================+
|  FAQ..................................................................05-00  |
+==============================================================================+
|  Contact Information..................................................06-00  |
+==============================================================================+
|  Credits..............................................................07-00  |
+==============================================================================+


+==============================================================================+
|  Version History......................................................01-00  |
+==============================================================================+

Version 1.37 (8-01-06)
   - Updated "FAQ"

Version 1.36 (6-28-06)
   - Updated "Anvil" house info

Version 1.35 (5-30-06)
   - Added ASCII Art
   - Updated "FAQ"

Version 1.34 (5-21-06)
   - Updated "FAQ"

Version 1.33 (5-15-06)
   - Updated "Anvil" house

Version 1.32 (5-12-06)
   - Updated "FAQ"

Version 1.31 (4-30-06)
   - Updated "Chorrol" house info

Version 1.3 (4-30-06)
   - Added "FAQ"

Version 1.21
   - Updated "Skingrad" House info

Version 1.2
   - Updated Contact Info
	     "Skingrad" House info

Version 1.1
   - Updated Legal Stuff
   	     Contact Info

Version 1.0
   - Beginning


+==============================================================================+
|  Legal Stuff..........................................................02-00  |
+==============================================================================+

	This document is copyrighted  2006-2010 by Glenn Frazee.  The Elder
Scrolls IV: Oblivion is copyrighted by Bethesda Softworks.  I write this for 
personal use only, not to be altered, printed, or distributed comercially.  This
guide may be printed for personal use, but not for any other purpose.  No part 
of this may be used without the written consent of myself and whomever requests 
must give due recognition.  Violators will be prosecuted.  Only these sites are
allowed to host this guide:

www.gamefaqs.com and its associated "mirror" sites 
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www.elderscrolloblivion.inkom.hr

If any copies are found elsewhere, please notify the author.


+==============================================================================+
|  Introduction.........................................................03-00  |
+==============================================================================+

	This is, simply, a guide of house prices and what one has to do in order
to acquire the house.  Some require only money, others require a quest along 
with the gold.  Save the wonder: read this guide.


+==============================================================================+
|  Houses...............................................................04-00  |
+==============================================================================+

	So, you got this far, eh?  *looks above*  Okay, nevermind.  Anyway, 
Bethesda decided to make it possible for a player to own a house in Oblivion, 
unlike in Morrowind where you basically killed the owner and took whatever house
you want.  That doesn't work here.  Not only will you probably get fined, but 
anything you store in the house is subject to removal at any time, no 
notification given to you at all.  Dang.  So, now you have to buy a house.
Where to begin?  How about the cheapest.


+==============================================================================+
|  Imperial City........................................................04-01  |
+==============================================================================+

	This is actually a shack.  Nothing much.  Still, it costs 2,000 gold.
Woah.  I'll paste from my other guide the steps you need to do to get the house:

	Start his quest (yes, it's actually a quest) by talking to Vinicia
Melissaeia in the Office of Imperial Commerce in the Market District.  Ask about
"Buy a House in Town" and she'll tell you about the 2,000 gold shack in the
Waterfront.  Accept and pay the 2,000 and the house is yours.

	Take a visit to your new house.  Kinda bare, eh?  Now you have to go to
Three Brothers' Trade Goods in the Market District to buy furnishings.  They 
cost about 660 each and there are about five sets.  If you have the gold, deck
your new house out.  Easy.

	Now you have a pimped out shack on the Waterfront.  Useful once you
finish the Thieve's Guild quests and can dump stolen goods there.  Anyway, I
digress.  Moving on.


+==============================================================================+
|  Bravil...............................................................04-02  |
+==============================================================================+

	You buy this house by talking to Count Terentius at the castle.  May 
need to raise his dispostion.  Once you buy the ugly little thing for 4,000 
gold, you can purchase all the niceties at The Fair Deal.  They cost about the
same as the ones from Imperial City.


+==============================================================================+
|  Anvil................................................................04-03  |
+==============================================================================+

	I started this one by talking to Huurwen in the Fighter's Guild and
asking about "Rumors."  Probably works on other townsfolk as well.  Anyway, the
quest is that this guy named Velwyn Benirus is trying to sell his house, cheap.
You have to find him at The Count's Arms, an inn in town.

	Talk to the guy and you learn that he's selling the house straight up 
for 5000 gold, no questions asked.  With the quest title named like so, it makes
me think the place is haunted.  Hmmm.  Guess I'll just have to go on a klepto
run and get myself another 3000 gold.

	That done, purchase the house.  After getting the deed, go to sleep in
the house for any amount of time you see fit.  In any order, you'll be attacked 
by ghosts. Kill them (can you really kill a ghost?).  The dialogue says you 
heard a crash downstairs, so go investigate.  There will be an urn on the floor 
in the front room of the house with a journal and skeletal hand.  Grab both, 
being sure to take them.  You'll need them.

	Now to find Velwyn.  He's skipped town, you learn from anyone at the
Count's Arms.  Make the journey to the Elven Garden District in Imperial City
and find Velwyn.  Talk to him, mentioning the haunting and blah blah blah.  He
reads the note and discovers that he is needed to lift the curse, so the goes
back to Anvil.  You should too.

	Meet Velwyn at the Count's Arms and talk to him.  He'll head off to the
Manor and you should follow.  Enter and fight off (or just run past) any ghosts 
you encounter, making your way to the bowels of the basement.  Velwyn will play 
around with the weird symbols on the wall and the promptly run away when the 
door opens. Figures.  Enter and save in front of the altar.  Activate the altar 
and Grandpa Benirus will talk.  Activate his body to add the skeletal hand to it
(told you it would come in handy!).  Joke's on you.  The body comes to life and 
you have to fight it.  Kill it to lift the curse on Benirus Manor.

	That done, go and talk to Velwyn.  He's off to the Imperial City now
that all his loose ends are tied.  Enjoy your home.

**After you leave the house and reenter (might have to wait a day or so), the
  house will be completely furnished.  In reality, it really is the cheapest
  house since you don't have to buy any furnishings.


+==============================================================================+
|  Leyawiin.............................................................04-04  |
+==============================================================================+

	Talk to Count Marius Caro at the Castle and buy this one for 7,000.  
Pimp it out with upgrades from Best Goods and Guarantees.  They cost about 1,000
each.  Wow.  Expensive for that piece of junk.


+==============================================================================+
|  Bruma................................................................04-05  |
+==============================================================================+

	Talk to the Countess Marina Carvain and she'll sell it to you for 10,000
gold.  Buy furnishings at Novaroma for around 1,100 gold each.


+==============================================================================+
|  Cheydinhal...........................................................04-06  |
+==============================================================================+

	Talk to Count Indarys (yet another Count) to purchase this house for
a whopping 15,000 gold.  I love the Cheydinhal architecture, so it didn't hurt
me so much :-P  Anyway, furnish it by visiting Borba's Goods and buying the
upgrades for around 1,500 each.


+==============================================================================+
|  Chorrol..............................................................04-07  |
+==============================================================================+

	If you have 13 renown (fame minus infamy) and 20,000 gold, buy this 
house from Countess Volga.  Be ready to shell out some major dough - the 
furnishings from Northern Goods and Trade cost well over the base cost of the 
house.  Yikes.


+==============================================================================+
|  Skingrad.............................................................04-08  |
+==============================================================================+

	Last but not least is the 25,000 house in Skingrad.  Space must be a 
premium there, I tell you.  Talk to the Count's butler Shum gro-Yarug, as the
Count is to haughty to talk to us puny mortals.  You need to have your 
disposition above 70 and at least 15 renown (fame minus infamy) before he'll 
talk to you about it. Deck it out at Colovian Traders by talking to Gunder.  The
furnishings cost a whopping 2,300 to 2,500 each!

	There are two side quests to this house.  One is to get a maid (why not,
you're royalty if you can afford this thing) and another little quest.  Once you
get the Servant's Quarters upgrade, reenter Colovian Traders (not sure what time
if it makes a difference).  Eyja will bring up working for you if you pay her
150 gold.  She gives food and drink on demand after you get the Kitchen Upgrade.

	For the other, enter the main bedroom and pause.  See the desk to your 
left?  Look directly above it.  See the ledge on the top of the wall?  Jump up 
there.  You might have to go from desk to bookshelf to get there.  Anyway, 
you'll find an old scroll, which you should read.  It tells you of a treasure 
hidden somewhere in the house.

	Go to the basement.  See the support with the garlic hanging on it?  The
treasure is on one of the triangular braces in an hourglass.  Activate the loot
and you will get your reward.


+==============================================================================+
|  FAQ..................................................................05-00  |
+==============================================================================+

	I've decided to add an FAQ because of some of the questions I've gotten
in email.  Here goes:

Q: Can I rent my house out or rent it as a shop?
A: Nope.  Houses are for living - your living only.

Q: I can't find Shum gro-Yarug for the Skingrad house.  Or he's dead.  What 
   should I do?
A: If he's dead, your only option is to "make" a new one of him via the console
   commands.  Hit the tilde ( ~ ) key and type this:

   player.placeatme <00028FB6>

   Or you can open the console, click on his corpse, and type "resurrect."

Q: Can you sell a house after you buy it?
A: No.

Q: Can people break into your house and/or steal your stuff?
A; No.

Q: Can I get a servant for the Chorrol house?  It has a servant's quarters
   upgrade.
A: No.


+==============================================================================+
|  Contact Information..................................................06-00  |
+==============================================================================+

GameFAQs s/n: Idiosyncrat
Email: grfrazee [at] gmail [dot] com

Please have "Buyable Houses Guide" in the first part of the title so it sticks 
out for me.  You probably won't get a reply unless your email incites one, but I
will give you credit where it's deserved :)

LOOK ONLINE for a solution to your problem before you come running to me for
help.  I'm getting tired of answering peoples' emails who ask questions a 30
second Google search could find.  A good site is the Unofficial Elder Scrolls
Wiki (http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Oblivion).  If I don't answer your
email within a week, there's a good chance you asked a question that I feel you
can find the answer to in less time than it'll take me to write.


+==============================================================================+
|  Credits..............................................................07-00  |
+==============================================================================+

Thanks to Karaza for info on "Skingrad" House
Thanks to Andrew Koutsoftas for corrections on "Skingrad" and "Chorrol" houses

Thanks to Alternates ASCII Artist v2.0.1 (http://alterlife.org/asciiartist/) for
  the great ASCII generation program.  A beatuiful, functional, open-source
  program that works great and produces great results.  Man, I love open-source.