Real estate

Home buyers face tight inventories, rising prices

Kimberly and Gary Cooper extended their home search north from Andover and wound up buying a house in a new subdivision in Bradford.
Kimberly and Gary Cooper extended their home search north from Andover and wound up buying a house in a new subdivision in Bradford.Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

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Despite rising prices and bidding wars, homeowners remain reluctant to put up for-sale signs, creating a shortage of available properties that is frustrating buyers and real estate agents.

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