Jon Norrman, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 196 Park Ave Worcester MA 01609.
I hope that helps ... It's always difficult to give advice without checking out the properties. If you feel comfortable giving the addresses we might be able to give you more direct advice.
First, I'd say that since the market has gone down since 2004, your newer home may not have as much value as when you built it (depending on how much of it is paid off of course) if you were to re-sell it in today's market. A good Comparable Market Analysis would be able to help you determine that. I think your older home is not that much of a concern because there are many older homes in Worcester County, as long as the condition is pretty good and you have kept it up as a homeowner. If you are concerned about its condition, then I would recommend doing a pre-home inspection for it so you know what you're getting into if selling the home. Any offer being put in on a property will be subject to doing a home inspection to it after the offer is accepted, so you, and anyone buying the older home, would have that option to decide if you or they want to go forward with the sale or pull out. Hope this helps. Let me know if you'd like a complimentary Comparable Market Analysis of either home. It can be emailed to you for your convenience as well. Take Care. Angela Dolber, Realtor, Prudential Prime Properties email@example.com