There is a new warning appearing at the character select screen. You've probably already read it, but it bears repeating, just in case you've missed it:
January 24th, 2002
*WARNING* - Do not attempt to purchase the Cottage located at 40.1N 63.5E. While the Covenant Crystal is active, all purchase attempts on this Cottage will result in the purchaser losing their money and no Cottage being purchased. This will be fixed in February.
You can bet that place is going to be snatched up after the servers come up with the February patch.
[B]Update:[/b] This item is now also posted on the State of the Code.