10-28-2011 12:06 PM
They do increase on the portion that calculates utilization, but since a brand new account shows up that will lower the average age of accounts and you will take a score hit there.
Not completely sure but in most cases it should be a net decrease on the score.
10-28-2011 01:23 PM
I've actually seen a net INCREASE in score. Initially you take a ding for the inquiry, but you get it back and (usually) plus 5 points for the new TL; it may, however, take several months to see that increase (plus 5). I opened 5 new accounts at the same time, took a minor ding, but now the TLs are reporting so I'm gaining back what I lost. This is also taking into consideration that you don't run up huge balances, keep your utilization low.
10-29-2011 10:45 AM
Do credit scores increase with any new credit, credit cards, loans etc as long as utilization is low?
If you currently have no open revolving credit, or maybe just one open revolving account, your score will generally increase immediately with new accounts until you hit 2 or 3 total. That's because revolving credit is so important to your FICO scores that you "need" two or three healthy open revolving accounts (OK, I'm tired of typing "revolving accounts", so I'm going to start typing CC's) for best scores.
If you currently have no open installment accounts (this includes mortgages), opening a loan will generally help pretty much right away. This is because adding an installment account helps your credit mix.
If you already have more than three open revolving accounts and an open installment account, any additional accounts will probably drop your scores a bit initially, but as they remain open and healthy <-- that part's important --your scores will increase over the long run, all else being equal.
Some people will see some individual variation on the above, depending on their age of credit, presence of negatives, etc., but this does apply in most cases.