Good morning.... to answer your questions, blue collar is a pretty broad topic but there should be jobs available here in the area depending upon what skill set you possess. If you Google..."jobs in Raleigh" or "jobs in Wake County" , that should give you a start. When I was looking at potential jobs, I found the INDEED.COM site to be one of the better job search sites. You could also try Durham County, Orange County, Granville County, Franklin County or basically any county surrounding the Raleigh area. Both Wake County and State of North Carolina also have their own job search sites. Good luck!!!
HOA fees are typically monthly although some are annual oeven quarterly depending upon the community. Most of the time this is posted alongside the dollar amount but if you are not sure, you can always send me the address of the property you are looking at and if listed on the MLS, I can research that for you.
Property taxes SHOULD be accurate on Trulia however if you wish to verify, the actual property tax bills ARE available for public view for every property in Wake County by going to: http://services.wakegov.com/realestate/
Most of the other counties also have their own sites, but I really haven't found a site as friendly as Wake County.
If you require any additional assistance, please feel free to contact me personally. You will find all my information on my website at http://www.RaleighHomeSite.com
plus links to just about any important service/need you will have... including an IDX link to our local MLS for home searches plus what I just gave you here.
Best wishes with your potential upcoming move!! The Raleigh area is a great place to live.