A look at “smudging” and other creative ways to sell homes

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As the New York City real estate market continues to struggle, brokers are turning to some unconventional methods to sell apartments. This includes rituals intended to “cleanse” the space of negative energy, according to Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Group, one of the first to use such techniques. Homeowner Carmen Alonso, who is selling her one-bedroom apartment at 10 West 15th Street, hired Feng Shui consultant Christine Barth to perform a “clearing ceremony” in the space to help it sell. She let The Real Deal take a peek.

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