Jimmy Carter's boyhood home is a hot property, but its owner and the National Park Service can't agree on just how hot.

Dorris Downer wants $194,000 for the house she and her husband bought from the Carters in the 1940s. What they paid for the one-story wood frame house wasn't disclosed. But the park service, aiming to turn the house in Plains, Ga., into a museum, appraised it now at $49,000."I want the historic folks to have it," Downer said. "But I don't want to give it away."

Henry King Stanford, chairman of the Jimmy Carter Historic Site Advisory Commission, lamented that the house is falling apart and has been vandalized.