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.


  • Reduced Price

    Government purchase applications have been driving the market for the past year, accounting for, at times, nearly half of all new loans. That may be about to change.

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    Here we go again on home prices. Every time we get this report, we also get all kinds of questions from viewers/readers about why some media outlets report it one way and some another.

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    Now we're all about record low interest rates on the 30-year fixed, and that's all we're selling. The trouble is that we're not selling it to everyone.

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    Donilon was part of the Obama transition team and served in the Clinton and Carter administrations. But one listing on his resume could cause President Obama and his vetting team a headache.

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    The GSE wants very badly to unload the 129,310 single family bank-owned properties — or REOs, as they're called — it held at the end of the second quarter.

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    Hme prices started to falter even before the tax credit had finished doing its work. The numbers for July show a 3.3 percent drop in home prices year over year, which is a lot lower than many expected and has some folks revising long term price expectations yet again.

  • Apartment Building

    Housing starts are a bright spot in the economy today, right? An unexpected 10.5 percent leap in the number of new homes started in August has everyone buzzing...How can this be after the National Association of Home Builders sentiment survey yesterday came in below expectations, with builders saying their "hands are tied" by an impossible job market and rising foreclosures?

  • A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    Despite the fact that luxury home builder Bob Toll has told me over and over again that foreclosures don't compete directly with new construction, at least not his pricey new construction (which I don't buy for a second), the Monthly Sentiment Survey from the National Association of Home Builders has some pretty strong words to the contrary.

  • Bank owned home

    I'm not sure if it's politics alone or the politics of economic prediction, but I'm seeing an awful lot of "revised" housing expectations as we head into fall.

  • Foreclosure

    I'm sure you've all seen the headlines from RealtyTrac today that show a new record for bank repossessions. In some of the news reports today, I've also heard anchors make mention of some bright news in the report, that Notices of Defaults are down 30 percent from a year ago