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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The trouble is that of all those “workouts” 106,000 were repayment plans, while approximately 77,000 were loan modifications. Critics argue that repayment plans don’t always get borrowers out of the total soup, especially if their adjustable-rate loans haven’t even reset yet.
The culprit is fears of inflation, thanks to high gasoline prices. But even more troubling is the chance that the Fed will raise interest rates, which don’t correlate exactly to the 30-year fixed, but which will push up rates on some adjustable-rate mortgages and home equity lines of credit.
For many many months I’ve heard many many policy-makers, lawmakers, and decision-makers argue for the good of those poor borrowers who were tricked into faulty mortgage products. They paint a picture of not ignorant, but perhaps uneducated folk who truly believed that they were buying into a sound financial scenario.
We constantly talk about how much these price indexes are dropping, but we often forget how far they rose during the housing boom. If you purchased your home before the boom, and you’re still living in it, then the price drops, so far at least, haven’t negated your total appreciation.
I’m hearing the word “affordability” a lot these days, increased affordability to be specific. The Realtors were hammering that particular positive during their monthly existing home sales presser this morning...
Delinquencies for Alt-A mortgages (these are the low-doc, no-doc loans where you don’t have to prove your income, etc.) rated between 2005 and 2007 are continuing to climb, with total delinquencies now as high as 17 percent in some cases. That’s 6 percentage points higher than previous estimates.
Mozilo, who has gotten tons and tons of these, writes, “This is unbelievable. Most of these letters now have the same wording. Obviously they are being counseled by some other person or by the Internet. Disgusting.”
A little below the headlines about the latest housing rescue bill--that is, the Senate’s “Federal Housing Finance Regulatory Reform Act of 2008”--are the details of the bill: one of which could have some serious consequences for big ticket homes.
The whole deal is part of Fannie’s “Keys to Recovery” initiative, which is trying to promote “not just home-buying,” but home-owning. In other words, it’s going to help borrowers trying to refi out of troubled loans
I frankly can’t understand why anyone would think a bump in starts and especially permits is good news in any way, when home builders can’t give their houses away and immense quarterly write-downs of their assets scream that from the rooftops!