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FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS - Schedule of Securities Valuation Methodology and Results (Details)

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FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS - Schedule of Securities Valuation Methodology and Results (Details) - USD ($)
$ in Thousands
Jun. 30, 2015
Dec. 31, 2014
Fair Value Measurements, Recurring and Nonrecurring, Valuation Techniques [Line Items]    
Outstanding Face Amount $ 3,328,343  
Amortized Cost Basis 1,893,519  
Total Fair Value 1,907,961  
Multiple Quotes [Member]    
Fair Value Measurements, Recurring and Nonrecurring, Valuation Techniques [Line Items]    
Total Fair Value [1] 1,895,407  
Single Quote [Member]    
Fair Value Measurements, Recurring and Nonrecurring, Valuation Techniques [Line Items]    
Total Fair Value [2] 12,554  
Agency RMBS [Member]    
Fair Value Measurements, Recurring and Nonrecurring, Valuation Techniques [Line Items]    
Outstanding Face Amount [3],[4] 958,141  
Amortized Cost Basis [3],[4] 991,514  
Agency RMBS [Member] | Level 2 [Member]    
Fair Value Measurements, Recurring and Nonrecurring, Valuation Techniques [Line Items]    
Total Fair Value 994,030  
Agency RMBS [Member] | Level 2 [Member] | Multiple Quotes [Member]    
Fair Value Measurements, Recurring and Nonrecurring, Valuation Techniques [Line Items]    
Total Fair Value [1] 994,030  
Agency RMBS [Member] | Level 2 [Member] | Single Quote [Member]    
Fair Value Measurements, Recurring and Nonrecurring, Valuation Techniques [Line Items]    
Total Fair Value [2] 0  
Non-Agency RMBS [Member]    
Fair Value Measurements, Recurring and Nonrecurring, Valuation Techniques [Line Items]    
Outstanding Face Amount 2,370,202 [5],[6],[7] $ 1,896,150
Amortized Cost Basis [5],[6],[7] 902,005  
Non-Agency RMBS [Member] | Level 3 [Member]    
Fair Value Measurements, Recurring and Nonrecurring, Valuation Techniques [Line Items]    
Total Fair Value [5] 913,931  
Non-Agency RMBS [Member] | Level 3 [Member] | Multiple Quotes [Member]    
Fair Value Measurements, Recurring and Nonrecurring, Valuation Techniques [Line Items]    
Total Fair Value [1],[5] 901,377  
Non-Agency RMBS [Member] | Level 3 [Member] | Single Quote [Member]    
Fair Value Measurements, Recurring and Nonrecurring, Valuation Techniques [Line Items]    
Total Fair Value [2],[5] $ 12,554  
[1] Management generally obtained pricing service quotations or broker quotations from two sources, one of which was generally the seller (the party that sold New Residential the security) for Non-Agency RMBS. Management selected one of the quotes received as being most representative of the fair value and did not use an average of the quotes. Even if New Residential receives two or more quotes on a particular security that come from non-selling brokers or pricing services, it does not use an average because management believes using an actual quote more closely represents a transactable price for the security than an average level. Furthermore, in some cases there is a wide disparity between the quotes New Residential receives. Management believes using an average of the quotes in these cases would not represent the fair value of the asset. Based on New Residential’s own fair value analysis, management selects one of the quotes which is believed to more accurately reflect fair value. New Residential never adjusts quotes received. These quotations are generally received via email and contain disclaimers which state that they are “indicative” and not “actionable” — meaning that the party giving the quotation is not bound to actually purchase the security at the quoted price. New Residential’s investments in Agency RMBS are classified within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy because the market for these securities is very active and market prices are readily observable.
[2] Management was unable to obtain quotations from more than one source on these securities. The one source was the party that sold New Residential the security.
[3] Includes securities issued or guaranteed by U.S. Government agencies such as the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”) or the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”).
[4] The total outstanding face amount was $753.8 million for fixed rate securities and $204.3 million for floating rate securities as of June 30, 2015.
[5] Includes New Residential’s investments in interest-only notes for which the fair value option for financial instruments was elected.
[6] Includes Other ABS consisting primarily of interest-only securities which New Residential elected to carry at fair value and record changes to valuation through the income statement and representing 7.4% of the carrying value of the Non-Agency RMBS portfolio. Gross Unrealized Weighted AverageAsset Type Outstanding Face Amount Amortized Cost Basis Gains Losses Carrying Value Number of Securities Rating Coupon Yield Life (Years) Principal SubordinationOther ABS $1,222,088 $67,980 $1,472 $(1,840) $67,612 9 AA+ 1.87% 7.64% 3.6 N/A
[7] The total outstanding face amount was $1.4 billion (including $1.4 billion of residual and interest-only notional amount) for fixed rate securities and $954.6 million (including $99.8 million of residual and interest-only notional amount) for floating rate securities as of June 30, 2015.