For homeowners, selling a home is a lot like online dating — put your best face forward, and hope to get a swipe right. But thanks to unfortunate, and in many cases, totally avoidable photo fails, some homeowners are far more likely to get a swipe left.

These 10 unlucky homeowners captured their homes (and in some cases, themselves) in the worst possible of lights, as well as in some head tilting angles. Their amatuer efforts do little to sell their homes, but certainly make their listings memorable for the rest of us.

1. Affordable off campus housing?

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Believe it or not, this is not a photo from the set of the new “Halloween” movie, but a property advertised as “great for students.” We shudder to imagine the look on some poor parent’s face when they come to visit their kid’s off-campus housing choice for the first time. Oh, and incidentally, the listing mentions that the property also in need of nearly $20,000 worth of repairs. Perfect for the financially strapped, ramen noodle-eating college kid!

2. But, does it come with the bird, or nah?

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This listing by a homeowner in Groveland, FL is being sold “as is” after being vacant for three years. The homeowner goes to great lengths to show the actual math that went into how they came up with the $97,000 asking price for their “32-bedroom, 1-bath, 1,850 square foot” property. And while we have a few questions about the math ($600 to clean up inside the home?), what we’re really curious about is if the bird pictured in the listing is included with the home or not?

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Also, check out the fantastic close-up shot of a window screen that is framed by some kind of leafy greens.

3. A little too trippy?

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There are a few things noticeably wrong with the homeowner-shot photos in this listing from Mobile, AL, like lighting, focus and composition. Nothing major, right? But two photos clearly rise to the top of the pack: a blurry colorful carpet, and what could perhaps be a sitting room. The offending carpet is so psychedelic it almost resembles a transition cartoon from the ‘70s television version of “Wonder Woman.” Like, holy colors, Batman! And to make matters even worse, it sits between two very bright bedspreads. The sitting room is adorned with withered flowers and includes several digits in the lower left frame of the photo of the person carelessly wielding the camera.

4. Warning: always watch out for reflectable surfaces.

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It takes a little bit of patient swiping through the photos in this listing from Port Orange, FL before you reach the money shot. And while most of the photos are innocuous enough, despite not being of award-winning quality, the eighth photo is a stark reminder of why it’s so important to check angles when shooting around reflectable surfaces, like bathroom mirrors. And if you are going to capture your own likeness, at least do us all a favor and put a shirt on.

5. Is turndown service included?

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We head over to Las Vegas, NV with this two-bedroom, two-bath condo listing. According to the listing, the condo has over 1,200 square feet of space, a hot tub/spa, dishwasher, as well as a washer and dryer. However, aside from a crooked exterior shot, the only photo included in the listing is a head tilting close-up picture of an unmade bed and a glowing salt lamp in the background. With all of the great amenities featured, we’re not sure why this was the homeowner’s chosen featured image, unless turndown service is somehow included in the purchase?

6. The grass is not greener, but it is more in focus.

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They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and this listing out of Dallas is no exception. Jam packed with a staggering 20 photos, this home has it all: new appliances, cabinets, tiled flooring, energy efficient windows, fresh paint and “so much more.” The problem is, you can’t see any of that in the homeowner’s photos. Nearly every photo is blurry and pixelated, save for a lone shot of the green grass in what we assume is the backyard.

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And we have to say, it could be a little greener.

7. Could this be the very definition of “sun-drenched?”

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The homeowners of this Decatur, GA property promise that it will knock your socks off, but say nothing about how blindingly bright its photos are. The three-bedroom, two-bath home certainly looks warm enough thanks to the copious amount of sunlight streaming in through every window. In fairness to the homeowner, the home does look like it has a lot to offer, but perhaps dusk would have been a more suitable time to take photos that high noon in the South? Sunscreen is not listed as an amenity, in case you were wondering.

8. No filter, honest.

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There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with filters, but perhaps they’re not the best choice when trying to sell your home? Take a look at this listing for a two-bedroom, two-bath home in Houston, TX to see why home listings don’t need “dreamy” filters. Thankfully, the homeowner spared us any interior shots.

9. Another warning about reflectable surfaces, and fingers.

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The homeowner of this property in Hawthorne, CA included five photos in their listing. Unfortunately for them, two of them are fails. Things get bad in the first photo, an exterior shot marred by fingers.

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The homeowner makes an appearance in the fifth shot, and thankfully this time they are wearing a shirt (and pants).

10. A one of a kind listing, truly.

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This condo in Atlanta, GA is touted as “not your typical condo” by the homeowner, and we wholeheartedly agree with their assessment. The two-bedroom, two-bath home is, on the one hand, a bit overly stylish, and on the other, just disappointing.

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For example, the living room is an explosion of color, modern art, and chachkas. We spy with our little eyes a retro-popcorn vending cart in the background.

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However, when you take a look at the kitchen, it’s just downright plain in comparison.

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