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INVESTMENTS IN REAL ESTATE SECURITIES - Summary of the Geographic Distribution of the Collateral Securing Non-Agency RMBS (Details)

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INVESTMENTS IN REAL ESTATE SECURITIES - Summary of the Geographic Distribution of the Collateral Securing Non-Agency RMBS (Details) - USD ($)
$ in Thousands
Sep. 30, 2016
Dec. 31, 2015
Non-Agency RMBS [Member]    
Schedule of Available-for-sale Securities [Line Items]    
Outstanding Face Amount [1] $ 6,422,272 $ 3,102,973
Percentage of Total Outstanding [1] 100.00% 100.00%
Non-Agency RMBS [Member] | Western U.S. [Member]    
Schedule of Available-for-sale Securities [Line Items]    
Outstanding Face Amount [1] $ 2,329,116 $ 1,097,609
Percentage of Total Outstanding [1] 36.30% 35.30%
Non-Agency RMBS [Member] | Southeastern U.S. [Member]    
Schedule of Available-for-sale Securities [Line Items]    
Outstanding Face Amount [1] $ 1,496,049 $ 758,167
Percentage of Total Outstanding [1] 23.20% 24.40%
Non-Agency RMBS [Member] | Northeastern U.S. [Member]    
Schedule of Available-for-sale Securities [Line Items]    
Outstanding Face Amount [1] $ 1,318,153 $ 583,366
Percentage of Total Outstanding [1] 20.50% 18.80%
Non-Agency RMBS [Member] | Midwestern U.S. [Member]    
Schedule of Available-for-sale Securities [Line Items]    
Outstanding Face Amount [1] $ 716,411 $ 335,406
Percentage of Total Outstanding [1] 11.20% 10.80%
Non-Agency RMBS [Member] | Southwestern U.S. [Member]    
Schedule of Available-for-sale Securities [Line Items]    
Outstanding Face Amount [1] $ 500,795 $ 309,236
Percentage of Total Outstanding [1] 7.80% 10.00%
Non-Agency RMBS [Member] | Other U.S. [Member]    
Schedule of Available-for-sale Securities [Line Items]    
Outstanding Face Amount [1],[2] $ 61,748 $ 19,189
Percentage of Total Outstanding [1],[2] 1.00% 0.70%
Servicer Advances [Member] | Bonds [Member]    
Schedule of Available-for-sale Securities [Line Items]    
Face amount of investment $ 249,000  
[1] Excludes $249.0 million face amount of bonds backed by servicer advances.
[2] Represents collateral for which New Residential was unable to obtain geographic information.