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. She also contributes her real estate expertise to NBC's "Today" and "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams."
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.
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Still here at the BofA homebuilders conference. I met with an analyst down in the lobby from a competing investment bank. He's here meeting with reps from the builders and just did Ryland. He says they told him, "We have nothing positive to say about the housing market."
I'm working the Bank of America home building conference in New York today, moderating the lunch panel and sitting in on presentations by the major builders.
With inventories of new homes at a record high, really nobody should be putting a shovel in the ground unless it’s already pre-ordered and pre-bought. I know that’s not exactly what a big public home builder wants to hear. They build homes for a living, I get that.
For many many months now I’ve been suggesting (that’s a nice word for it) that in addition to plenty of predatory lending during the housing boom, a lot of folks just plain didn’t take the time to read their paperwork or even ask when exactly their adjustable rate loans would adjust.
A few weeks ago the folks heading up the mortgage industry’s “Hope Now” initiative, which aims at getting lenders and servicers to refi, modify, or set up repayment plans for borrowers, came over to tell me how wonderful they were doing, and how their numbers were improving.
So there’s a bit of a blurb in the Wall Street Journal today about billionaire hedge-fund manager Edward Lampert and his ESL Investments Inc. buying into a few home builders (Centex and KB Home) as well as a few mortgage lenders (PHH and CIT) and Home Depot just to boot.
Here is a building, completed in 1930 and built to house the headquarters of the once-great American auto manufacturer, being sold to the folks who are holding a death-grip on America’s wallets.
Back in 2006 the Pending Home Sales Index tracked closely with the real Existing Home Sales numbers, showing that contracts signed did in fact jibe with real closed sales. But come summer of last year (and the start of the credit crisis), you can see those lines diverge, and they’re still going.