Diana Olick is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, currently serving as CNBC's real estate correspondent as well as the author of the Realty Check section on CNBC.com, which won the Gracie Award for "Outstanding Blog" in 2015. She also contributes her real estate expertise to NBC's "Today" and "NBC Nightly News."
Prior to joining CNBC in 2002, Olick spent seven years as a correspondent for CBS News.
Olick began her career as a local news reporter at WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine; WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and KIRO-TV in Seattle. She joined CBS in 1994 as a New York-based correspondent for the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" and "The Early Show." She also contributed pieces to "48 Hours" and "Sunday Morning." During that time, she covered such stories as the World Trade Center conspiracy trial and the Boston abortion clinic shooting.
In 1995, Olick was assigned to cover the Midwest as a Dallas bureau correspondent. In the three years she was there, she covered all forms of natural disaster, including the crash of TWA Flight 800, the JonBenet Ramsey murder mystery and was the exclusive correspondent for the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols. During that time, she also took a temporary assignment in CBS' Moscow bureau, where she chronicled the brief presidential campaign of Mikhail Gorbachev.
In 1998, Olick was reassigned to the New York bureau and then immediately posted to Bahrain for the buildup to a possible second Gulf War. A year later, she went to Albania to cover the U.S. military buildup during the conflict in Kosovo.
Upon her return, Olick was reassigned to CBS' Washington bureau and the Capitol Hill beat. During Campaign 2000, Olick covered the Senate campaign of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and later joined the Bush campaign as a special correspondent for "The Early Show." That fall, she was named Supreme Court correspondent; her first case was Bush v. Gore.
Olick has a B.A. in comparative literature with a minor in soviet studies from Columbia College in New York and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
Follow Diana Olick on Twitter @Diana_olick.
A few months ago we said the nation's home builders were cautiously optimistic about the housing recovery. Today I'm thinking they are a lot more cautious than optimistic. That's because of the tenuous state of government stimulus in housing. Several powerful programs are set to expire at the end of this year. Some will likely be extended, others, perhaps not.
One third of all home buyers in the past several months have taken advantage of the $8000 home buyer tax credit. Since the start of the credit, the builder sentiment survey has gone from a record low in January to a steady gain three months running. But this month, one of the three components of the survey, the "sales expectations" part that gauges potential over the next six months, slipped.
A story is circulating in the LA media today about a Wells Fargo executive, Cheronda Guyton, who allegedly moved into a foreclosed property being held by the bank and threw lavish parties there...What is this, Risky Business 2?
I was fighting traffic on my way in to work today, when I heard a headline on the radio, something to the effect of, "Good news on the housing front! Foreclosures are moderating, potentially signaling an end to the housing crisis." This is why people don't trust the news. Headlines.
The House passed it, the Senate defeated it, but you had to know the idea of bankruptcy judges getting into the business of mortgage modifications would not go gently into that good night. Today the Treasury Department released its latest progress report for the Home Affordable Modification Program (a.k.a. the housing bailout).
As foreclosures continue to rise, there's been a lot of talk lately about how well-capitalized the FHA is to handle defaults on all the loans it backs. The FHA, which doesn't make loans itself, estimates it will insure over $400 billion in loans just this year.
Acting FHFA director Edward Demarco seems, at face value, to be a quiet, intelligent, unassuming guy. He prefers to be called Ed, and this morning he did his first live television interview with me on CNBC. But don't let the demeanor fool you.
Mortgage rates are kept low by Fed intervention, which is due to end soon. So unless that program is extended, mortgage rates will start rising again.