It’s easy to instantly derail an otherwise successful home listing with just a single photo.

And although homeowners may have the best of intentions, the results can range from head-scratchingly baffling to “is this real or an SNL skit” funny.

This collection of 13 not-ready-for-prime-time home listings highlights what can happen when comically awful photos happen to otherwise good listings.

1. Sideways

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Our first listing comes out of Madison, MI and uses less than 30 words to try and sell a 2,736 square foot, four-bedroom “well maintained family home” — that’s four words there alone. But what really made this listing leap off the page wasn’t the pithy use of the written word, but the nearly two dozen included photos that were all sideways. One poorly orientated photo in particular caught our eye — and caught the homeowner as well. It’s worth repeating, always check your mirrors.

2. More columns than the Parthenon

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This custom built four-bedroom home is also out of Madison, MI and is regaled as “the one” bargain hunters have been looking for. The possibilities are “endless” in making this 2,700 square foot home all yours, says the homeowner in the listing. The only problem is that the homeowner seems to have been obsessed with Roman columns when customizing the home. The kitchen and living room floor space is oddly encroached upon by said columns. We have to say, we’re not loving the look one bit.

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For extra LOLs, there’s a dandy picture of the homeowners meandering toward the back door on what looks like a lovely fall day.

3. Welcome to the Twilight Zone

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Our next listing comes from San Saba, TX and features a 1,100 square foot two-bedroom “modern luxury” home. The first inkling that something may be off happens after a couple of swipes. The first photo of the kitchen seems wonky.

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The kitchen grows more and more unstable as you continue to swipe through the listing’s library of photos.

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Things reach an operatic climax with the final photo of the listing, the front door and entryway. It’s like we’ve unlocked that door with the key of imagination and stepped into the Twilight Zone. No matter how much we continue to stare — and snigger — at the photo, we still have no idea what the room really looks like, or why the homeowner thought it was a good idea to include such a wacky photo.

4. Animal Kingdom

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The homeowner of this Ballinger, TX listing seems to be a big-time animal lover. More than half of the listing’s photos are of wildlife and landscapes. The two-bedroom, one-bath home is reported to include a plethora of high-end luxuries like “water, electricity, phone service, and propane,” and yet the homeowner included a paltry two interior photos of the home.

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Seriously, the live turkeys and deer in headlights were the most memorable part of this listing. And with American Thanksgiving a week behind us, we can’t help but wonder how those turkey fared.

5. Animal Kingdom, part two

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The one thing we can almost certainly say about the homeowner of this Abilene, TX listing judging by their “taste” in decor, is that they are probably not vegan. The 2,800 square foot three-bedroom home is decorated with various skins, bones and antlers of various animals.

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And while we applaud the homeowner for going all out with the theme, too much of anything is never a good idea but it’s especially over-kill when we’re talking about covering your home with stuff that was once living. It gives even the coziest of homes that Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibe.

6. We need some Palmolive! Stat!

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This two-bedroom, two-bath listing out of Ridgeland, MS is billed as a “great deal for investors or first time home buyers” and is “priced for fast sell.” The 1,000 square foot corner lot home is certainly inoffensive on its own, although the kitchen cabinets desperately need a makeover. But we can’t help but wonder why, even if the home is priced to sell, the homeowner didn’t bother to wash the dirty dishes in the sink before snapping a photo for the interwebs?

7. Good fo’ huntin’ and fishin’

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The property surrounding this Brush Creek, TN home offers plenty of “room for cows, horses, chickens, dogs, and kids” — in that order. The homeowner describes it as far away from civilization, “but not backwoods” and perfect to “raise some cows fresh eggs.”

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There’s also good “huntin and fishin.” The homeowner apologizes to any interested buyers they may not have responded to, as they forgot they had the home listed online.

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Some of our favorite homeowner shot pictures from this listing include the meandering chickens, a wibbly wobbly clock, and the random shot of a recreational all-terrain vehicle that may or may not be included in the purchase.

8. Happy birthday to…

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The homeowner of this three-bedroom, 1,872 square foot Narragansett, RI cape-style home gives buyers a long winded history of the Narragansett area before spilling the beans about their “special place that has gone unchanged through time.” The homeowner describes the home as “beachy, charming and updated.” The home certainly expresses a nautical theme and looks dated (not updated) in some rooms, but what jumped out at us was the photo of the dining room. While all the other accompanying photos were at least somewhat “staged,” this photo was from someone’s birthday party — clearly evident by the happy birthday banner decorating the wall. We’re just wondering why instead of giving us the long-winded history lesson, the homeowner couldn’t just go downstairs and snap a “clean” photo of the room instead?

9. Friends, family, baseball cap?

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This Mingo, IA listing is very light on details. It features an 860 square foot, three-bedroom home that is a little over ten years old. The listing also includes not one, not two, but three odd photos that appear to be burning candles, perhaps in remembrance or homage…

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…to a baseball cap.

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We kind of wish this homeowner had the Narraganset homeowner’s flair for history, but instead we’re left scratching our heads.

10. Call the Geek Squad

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There are so many things technically wrong with this Colfax, IA listing that we don’t even know where to begin. But, for starters, right from the very first photo buyers are made keenly aware that the homeowner is not technically proficient. The first photo is a screenshot from their phone, meaning the homeowner had no idea how to get said photo from their phone to the world wide web.

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From there, photos appear upside down, rightside left, leftside right before we land on two photos without any technical snafus. We kind of wanted to cheer on the homeowner and thank them for the rollercoaster ride that had been perusing their listing.

11. One walk-in closet we’ll pass on

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Normally a walk-in closet would grab our attention like the smell of bacon frying on Sunday morning, but in the case of this Waukee, IA home, we will pass. You see, the walk-in closet is literally steps away from the toilet. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s a walk-in-bathroom-closet combo that frankly sounds — not to mention smells — like a horrible idea to us. The homeowner says in the listing that this home features the “hard to find Hubbell Charleston floorplan,” and now we have an inkling as to why it’s so hard to find.

12. Meet the Bunkers?

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Our next listing hails from West Des Moines, IA. It’s a charming two-bedroom townhome that appears to be have been very well maintained, but a couple of the listing’s photos made us laugh out loud, starting with the snapshot of the living room featuring the outline of someone watching television. We were waiting for Archie Bunker to burst into the photo and say the classic line,”Wouldya get outta my chair, Edith?”

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The homeowner then managed to take a selfie in the bathroom mirror.

But our favorite part of this listing was the owner’s creepy doll collection.

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Which got us wondering, was that Edith sitting in the chair or just a doll?

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13. The perfect home for our perfect laziest self

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Our final listing is absolutely perfect for those lazy weekend Netflix and pizza binges. This Absarokee, MT home boasts 3,360 square feet and five bedrooms, and the master bedroom apparently rolls right into the living room. Or, it’s big enough for a second living room of its own. Either way, sign up and kiss our weekends goodbye. You also have to love living on a street named “Woman Chief Circle.”

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