Years ago, Gail envisioned an approach that would empower Baby Boomers and “Right-sizers” to move effortlessly from their family homestead to more manageable housing, in order to fully enjoy retirement and their later years. By choosing Transitions®, you not only experience the white-glove service of Compass, but also a personalized and comprehensive plan for YOUR move that ensures your experience will be more than you hoped for. Allow Gail Petersen Bell and her team to provide you with top-notch service… and total peace of mind.

Transitions provide a customized bundle of services designed to handle all aspects of a move to your next home. Transitions handle all the details from start to finish, creating freedom for clients to enjoy this exciting change in their lives… their transition to a simplified lifestyle.

Our network of professionals are all personally vetted, quality resources, who address every legal, financial, environmental, organizational, and even emotional situation – vital parts of buying and selling in today’s challenging real estate market.

Transitions professionals organize and manage the complete process from sculpting a comprehensive plan, collaborating de-cluttering, repairs, staging, and marketing, and streamlining a successful sale of the client’s current home to every last detail of the new home search and purchase.

Our services are designed to help you make well-informed decisions, assist with time-consuming tasks, and are tailored to each unique situation and all of these vendor services are offered at FREE or reduced rates!

Some Transitions Services:


  • Pricing and Advocacy
  • Septic Certification
  • Environment
  • Testing
  • Handyman Repairs
  • Landscaping
  • Staging and Designing
  • Organization
  • Estate and Yard Sales
  • Legal Services
  • Financial Advice
  • Mortgage and Equity Consultation
  • Moving Logistical Assistance

What our Transitions Clients are Saying..

Hanne and Howard Kulin, Cohasset

"When I first met Gail, we immediately connected. After living in my home for forty years. I felt she understood the emotional decision of selling. Sympathetic and empathetic, with much humor and laughter... sometimes private tears on my part. she guided me through the process of decluttering, presenting an older home to 21st Century buyers, and educating me about the realities of today's real estate market. In the beginning, I was stubborn about pricing, how to show my home, etc.. too subjective. Gail understood what I was going through. She provided the objectivity necessary for a successful sale. Gail will be with you from the beginning... to the end. And, if it happens, she will be with you... after."

Seller and Buyer

"Gail was awesome. At her suggestion, we did a total makeover/staging and within one week of hiring her. She did an open house the first weekend on the market and by the end of the week, she had produced a bonafide buyer. We closed in 8 weeks. and were without any problems from the day we hired Gail. Gail's assistant. Samantha. was also on top of every issue from coordinating the inspections. walkthrough. and obtaining closing documentation. They were incredibly responsive and business­like. They were always optimistic and kept us focused and relaxed."


"While researching condos on the South Shore, I found Gail's website. The website was easy to use and included information by which one could compare and evaluate various properties on the market. Having selected properties of interest. Gail and Samantha arranged and scheduled the visits in an efficient and effective manner. The combination of the website providing a screening tool and the smooth on the ground scheduling of viewings of the selected properties made the whole shopping and buying experience seem effortless. The superb support continued from the offer through closing. The whole experience from start to finish was very positive and enjoyable."


"We were up against multiple deadlines in needing to sell our home of 35 years, and purchasing a new home with competing bidders, all during the onset of my husband's illness. Never having sold a home before, and the stress of this period in our lives, Gail and Samantha guided us with their abundance of knowledge, over-the-top customer service, and gentle human touch, all very instrumental in helping us through this transitional stage. We were treated like family, making the selling and purchasing process go as smoothly, and personable, as possible. For anyone buying or selling their home, we highly recommend Gail and Samantha, not only as your realtor but as family."


"Having to seek out Gail's services came at a very difficult time, having to sell my mother's house after her death. Gail was very sympathetic and respectful of my mother's property, belongings, and conducted herself in a manner that my mother would've been proud of. I thank her immensely for that and would highly recommend her to anyone without hesitation."

Seller and Buyer

"It is with the utmost pleasure and admiration of you that we write this. Your career and accomplishments speak for themselves, but it is the personal caring that sets you apart. We had a very unique property to sell. You gave us wonderful advice as to necessary updates that would ultimately lead to a sale. Every single change made was met with positive feedback. Your professionalism never wavered - even when faced with some very challenging potential buyers. We are so happy with the family that purchased our home and expect to have a long-term positive relationship with them. You made the negotiations and sale proceed seamlessly. We can't thank you enough for all you have done ... we will highly recommend you to anyone and everyone thinking about buying and selling a home!"


"Our experience with Gail Petersen Bell was first-class from start to finish. From her consummate professionalism, timely communication, and expert real estate knowledge, she was a true partner in the home buying process. As a demanding and discerning client, she tirelessly managed our needs and made us feel that we were always her top priority. Thanks, Gail for all that you did for us."


"When my wife and I decided to sell our home in Newton, we didn't know where we'd settle, and our local realtor suggested that we go through "the best agent on the South Shore, Gail Petersen Bell." I was skeptical, but she was right. The first time we met Gail, she took us on a tour of Hingham and surrounding areas, including not only available homes and condos but all the landmarks of the area. We originally had no intention of moving to Hingham, but, thanks to Gail, we reconsidered. After three or four tours of available properties, we narrowed our list. And because Gail really listened and was super attentive, we found the "perfect" townhouse, which included space for my office. She was very valuable as our advocate and helpful in our final negotiations. And after we signed the P&S, she continued to help by connecting us to a remodeling contractor and other vendors. In short, Gail is a consummate professional. She knows her stuff. and you know you can count on her to serve your best interests. She's the main reason we're in Hingham and in our townhouse and loving it."


"We recently transitioned from our beloved home on the Weir River in Hingham to Linden Ponds - Gail was a pleasure to work with and extremely helpful and caring during this time of great change in our lives. Gail's exceptional knowledge and expertise made her the perfect Agent for us to work with. Gail also helped us in the sale of a buildable lot we owned. She made us feel totally confident in the process and at ease every step of the way. Gail found the perfect Buyers for both of our properties. We highly recommend Gail to anyone who is looking for high quality, professional Agent, and one who is tuned into their needs. We could not be happier and thank Gail very much for all of her efforts."


"Gail and her team represented us on the sale of our home after several other local agents had the listing. We were a little concerned that her brokerage didn't have an office in Norwell, but the exclusive international reach of the brand was very appealing to us and we felt their ability to reach a certain market segment was necessary to sell our property. In the end, it was Gail's efforts and expertise in putting together the correct professional staging, marketing, and excellent advice that sold our house for top dollar in this buyer's market. We would absolutely call on her again if we had the need for a true real estate expert. We would happily endorse her to anyone looking to buy or sell."


"Now that we have arrived in Florida and settled in a bit, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your help and assistance, especially in the last few days before closing. Your support, level-headedness, and help in shepherding us through the final stages of the sale of our house were invaluable to us. Leslie and I really appreciate you being there for us."


"Gail was extremely professional and committed to selling our house in a timely, efficient and knowledgeable manner. I also can't thank her enough for great staging directions! It all resulted in a bidding war - every seller's dream!"


With retirement on the horizon, I began the process of selling my long-time Hingham home. I wanted an experienced Hingham realtor that could market and sell a million-dollar plus home. Through my research, I identified three realtors. Gail was one of the three on my list. I had known Gail for many years but had never met her. My instincts said she was probably the one and after meeting her and spending several hours. my instincts were correct. Her interest was sincere. Her marketing ideas were impressive. I got the impression that I was not going to be just another "listing" but was going to be a "special" client. Since I was downsizing, her contacts in many areas were great assistance. I thought her brokerage affiliation was interesting but would not be of any benefit to me. How wrong was I. Gail put together an amazing video of my property? Within 4 days we had an inquiry from "a Canadian, living in Japan that was being transferred to Boston". He and his wife had seen the video "twenty-five times"- and after a quick flight to Boston, we had an all-cash offer at a $50,000 premium. Gail's work ethic, integrity, knowledge of the market, and calm demeanor throughout the process were second to none. I would highly recommend Gail to anyone looking to sell their home."

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