The approach in France is a simple one.

When the vendor and purchaser agree on what it is that is to be sold/purchased, that is to say the estate including any furniture, outbuildings, land, etc and have settled upon a price a sale/purchase contract is deemed to have been made.

When visiting a property for sale, make sure that you clearly identify the important aspects of the property (i.e. is there a septic tank, is the property connected to water and electricity?) If necessary, visit the local Mayor and ask for additional information. You may also consult the cadastral plan at the local Mayor’s office.

The “ bon de visite” is the document signed by the buyer with the estate agency which proves that they gave visited a certain property ( usually a property the agency has a mandate for).