Diana Olick

Diana Olick

Diana Olick
CNBC Real Estate Reporter

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.


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    At the beginning of the housing crash, sellers would advertise, "Buy our house, get the flat screen TV's!" Then, as the market deteriorated further, they touted, "Buy our house, and we'll throw in the car!" Now it's "Buy our house, get a second house too!" Such is the sad state of real estate in America today.

  • home loans

    Big lenders like Chase, Wells Fargo and PHH have increased their jumbo volumes by a lot in just the first six months of this year.

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    The combined Real Estate Owned inventory of the three rose 24 percent quarter to quarter and 93 percent year over year.

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    The Pending Homes Sales Index fell 1.8 percent in September...the first indicator of the foreclosure scandal's impact on potential buyers.

  • Foreclosure

    Seventeen out of the fifty state attorneys general currently investigating the robo-signing foreclosure scandal at some of the nation's largest lenders will be out of a job in a few months.

  • Florida Buildings

    A condo expert I was interviewing in Miami Beach told me that at the current sales pace there is an 18 year (yes, year) supply of condos on the market here. As I was trying to digest that, the Census released its quarterly home owner/vacancy report, and noted that there are close to 19 million vacant homes in America today. And that's a quarterly improvement.

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    Foreclosure "actions" in Q3, which include anything from default notices to bank repossessions, rose in 65 percent of the nation's top 200 housing markets.

  • In all the headlines screaming about the big banks and their messy foreclosure practices, we may have overlooked another set of players in the scandal: Home Builders.

  • Home prices continuing to drop.

    With distressed properties running at 35 percent of all sales and foreclosures being more than 2/3 of those, the foreclosure freeze will negate a huge portion of the current data in the coming months.

  • Sold sign

    Noise. There's an awful lot of it in today's report on September existing home sales from the National Association of Realtors. Even the markets could hear the noise, as they didn't react all that much to the 10 percent jump in sales that completely beat expectations.