Cleaning Out Those Pesky Old Poltergeists in the Closets – NY Times

In New York City, smudgers cleanse apartments of the spirits of old boyfriends, old wives, old tenants — just about anything that might trouble an anxious owner

Barbara Corcoran, president of the Corcoran Group, one of Manhattan’s largest real estate firms, treats the smudgers with respect, and so does Frederick W. Peters, president of Ashforth Warburg Associates, a midsize firm. Both executives say their agents have recently called on smudgers when an apartment that should have sold did not.

Excerpt from New York Times Online 

By TRACIE ROZHON

Published: October 30, 1997