It's a new trend: homeowners, their adult kids or their friends, are ordering a painting of their home. As a gift, they are especially appreciated by those who are selling a large family home in favor of a smaller place or a condo. Of course, many homeowners order them for themselves. Depending on the artist chosen, they can cost from $150 to $1,300 or more. When looking for a portraitist, consider the artist's style and preferred medium. Will it be pen-and-ink on stationery? Or will it be an oil painting on canvas? Rebecca Seale, a folk artist in Nashville, Tenn., works entirely from photos. She can finish several 8-by-10-inch portraits each week. They are playful, quirky watercolor and gouache pieces done on archival watercolor paper. She charges $150. The Dallison brothers in South Orange, N.J., prefer to paint on site. David uses watercolor and charges from $1,300 to $5,000 for his paintings. Peter Dallison uses oil on canvas. His works range from $1,000 to $13,000, according to The Wall Street Journal. Painting a portrait of a house is not an easy job, but sometimes a local artist will do it for less than you think. As an alternative, you can get a photographer to take a photo of the home, but all the flowers may not be in bloom. An artist can solve that problem.