How long did it take you to (a) find an area (b) the rest of research including shortlisting the properties?
It took me 2 viewings over 2 weeks, no idea prior to the area, never did any research on it either...did a lot of research only after buying it. No shortlist either. V little negotiations on price, went to absolute max the bank was willing and even then I had to twist their arm as they were hesitant...bought for less than what they were asking. But that's because there was no way the bank would lend me more.
This could have turned disastrous for me...very fortunately it all went fine...I like the property. The area, the neighbours, and the price I paid for it, and also the cg it has done to date. Most of all, I'm happy with its future prospects.
DO NOT do as I did. Case study in exactly what not to do.