Get the loan, then then house. Finding the house is easy, its the loan that makes the difference.
Loans can be tricky right now.
FHA is often the best choice.
Lenders look at the:
Down payment - 20% & up good
Job history - 2 years minimum in the same field is mandatory for most loans
Fico - 700 plus. Under 700 depends.
Ask your mortgage guy if an actual underwriter has looked at your loan package. You sound like you probably are going to be okay but a lot of people with Fico scores under 700 are having trouble right now.
Dilbeck Realtors, GMAC
While nobody can guarantee 100%of the time that you should have absolutely no worries about the processing of your loan, most of the time, if you are dealing with a knowledgable and professional Mortgage Consultant that you trust, then you shouldn't worry excessively.
If your husband has been employed at his current job for a year and a half and if you can document his previous employment for the 6 months prior, even if it was at a different employer or in a different field, then typically you should be fine. Of course, exceptions always exist and will depend on the particuar situation at hand, but typically you shouldn't worry too much. Sometimes, you might have a doubt when a person has been self-employed for less than 2 years and that person's previous employment or experience was in another field, etc. But, as I mentioned, this is where your trusted and professional Mortgage Consultant should be able to guide you in your options. It is very important that you deal with someone who knows what he or she is doing and that works at a financial institution that will have the underwriting flexibility that will deal with those and other types of situations.