Thank you for the input! The consensus seems to be that the method and frequency of communication should be discussed. Which has not been done yet. Interestingly, however, at the time I signed the listing agreement, my realtor gave me a handout listing his services and plan of action. It appears to be a generic list, like something that perhaps everyone in his company gives out. The first item? "To communicate the results of our activities weekly to you."
Just to clarify -- my cell phone is the number that other agents call to show the property. So I don't need him to tell me that there were no showings. But there are things happening in my neighborhood that are relevant to my sale, which causes me to wonder why he's not telling me about them. I am aware of them because I try to keep up on realtor.com and the "public" version of Metrolist in order to be somewhat informed on my own...but I am not the expert and I would much rather have the expert's take on things.
Prior to posting here today, I gave a lot of thought to whether/how I should discuss the communication issue with him. Our relationship is certainly cordial, but I am extremely, extremely uncomfortable with the idea of bringing this up with him. I do not believe he will be receptive to this kind of discussion. I don't know for certain, obviously, but that is my hunch based on my experience so far. Example -- when I asked him about next steps/strategies after 2 weeks of no showings, his tone got defensive and he said something to the effect of "YOU knew going in that this was going to be hard." Of course I know the market is bad for me specifically right now. But I don't think that means that we don't strategize! And he didn't bring up pricing as a strategy -- in fact, he gave virtually no input on my pricing from the beginning. I think that one of the roles of a listing agent is to give continual guidance and feedback all along the way. If I choose not to implement his advice, well, that would be one thing. But I'm not even getting that guidance.
@Team Newington: Regarding your comment "If you were my client, I think I would feel like I failed you if I found out you were getting advice online." -- Yes, I know it speaks volumes about my relationship with my realtor if I come here for help instead of asking him. I am disappointed that our relationship is not going the way I anticipated when I selected him.
Again, I appreciate all of you for taking the time to give me your perspectives! You are really helpful. Difficult as it may be, I will talk with him about my concerns.