By "notified," I assume you mean the written notice served as part of the foreclosure stated the date of the foreclosure sale. This notice serves as legal notice to the public, and your friend, of the date a sale will occur. This notice gives your friend, or anyone else who is interested, the opportunity to bid. Typically, only the bank shows up and bids the amount owed on the mortgage. It would seem that if the sale went forward a week before it was noticed, no one would have showed up and...